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By SNC, Feb 10 2019 08:00AM

On a damp and windy Friday. 15 brave souls (and one dog) made their way to Keswick to introduce themselves to each other and start to bond as a team before they all head to Nepal (minus the dog) in November.

There were nervous faces in The George as they walked in looking round to see if anyone looked vaguely like the pictures that had been distributed a few days ago.

A corner was taken over, conversation was flowing, cow pie was eaten and only a small amount of beer and gin was 10pm only Nadine and Hazel remained, clearly the talk of the changed route due to the wind had struck a chord with everyone.

Saturday dawned and the news round the team was that very little sleep had been had due to the gale force winds overnight.

After a briefing by our guide Tim Mosedale, the team headed off in the direction of Blencathra but luckily enough, weather conditions today meant they would not be heading high. Immediately a fallen tree was spotted, proof of the strength of the strength of the overnight winds.

Up we headed...slowly spreading as a team and people starting to find their own pace and get comfortable with their equipment.

It was windy, it was cold, it was wet underfoot. Luckily the rain stayed away but conditions at certain parts of the trail were challenging. As the gusts got stronger and we headed up the valley with Blencathra on our right we were all silently thankful to have Tim's local knowledge to keep us on a safe but still challenging route.

Then those of us at the back saw a sheepish Roger and Tim walking back towards us telling us to turn round! They had been so engrossed in their conversation, they had missed the path to take us across the valley and back towards Keswick!

The winds had died down slightly so next to a beautiful waterfall in a fairly sheltered spot we settled down to grab a spot of lunch.

Before leaving Tim told us we would manage to bag a summit today, we would take in Latrigg on our way back.

As we headed down then back up again it became windier and windier, 2 ladies heading down from the summit warning us that we will definitely need to hang onto our hats - they weren't wrong!

We were rewarded with the sunrays breaking through the clouds and stunning views over Keswick towards Cat Bells and beyond. A great reward for a fabulous day in the hills.

A fun evening at a local pizzeria followed with lots of laughter and stories of our day being told..the team had bonded well.

Sunday was all about meeting up to find out exactly what was in store in November along with lots of idea sharing over fundraising tips and how as a team we could raise our target in order to help a school just on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

Lots of questions and answers about kit, accommodation, food, how we would all cope and lots of excited trekkers left with arms full of goodies and hangouts, heads full of ideas and looking forward to the next get together in June.

Many thanks to our new team for all your enthusiasm this weekend, we know fundraising targets will be smashed and we will have a great time in Nepal in November as part of #Build&Trek2019

Roger, Hazel and Nadine

Supporting Nepal's Children

By SNC, Jan 12 2019 07:00AM

The third and final practice hike took place in a wet, windy and cold Brecon Beacons. The team had a good work out over some rough terrain and wintery conditions, even managing to conquer Pen Y Fan in the mist!

By SNC, Oct 20 2018 07:00AM

The Stroud Valleys played host to the second training weekend for the EBC team. A glorious scenic route took the team from Rodborough to Whiteshill via the Woolpack in Slad. Lessons learned from the weekend: the team biscuit is now the Penguin, always book a taxi when staying out late in Cirencester, loo techniques need some work and our fifth couple for the trip are now Big Spoon & Little Spoon.

By SNC, Aug 18 2018 06:00AM

The Everest Basecamp 2019 team team kicked off their training with a gentle 14 mile hike around the Cheltenham peninsula. The team (well most of them) got their first taste of hiking in a group, the pace required in Nepal and a chance to test some very new kit. A great weekend all round getting to know each other and learnign a lot more about what they had signed up for!!

By SNC, Aug 17 2018 07:00AM

Fast forward 10 months. During that time, the team received regular updates from Nepal as the building started to grow and all of a sudden those holes were hidden by the shell of a building.

Then, on Monday 17th September 2018, the NGO we work with in Nepal, The Nepal Youth Foundation, completed the handover ceremony of the building to the School Management Committee. The building was formally opened by the Mayor of Lalitpur, Mr Chiri Babu Maharjan and the keys were handed over by the President of Nepal Youth Foundation, Mr Som Paneru. It was a joyful occasion and everyone involved was amazed by the sight of these beautiful new classrooms.

The children are excited, and now having lessons in these seismically safe classrooms.

On 20th November 2017, 11 members of the St. James’s Place community arrived in a village on the outskirts of Kathmandu where they were greeted by a campsite on a football field next to a main road, bus stop and temple. After picking their tents, they crossed the road and walked through a set of school gates.

Here they were greeted with garlands and flowers, and high fives as the children of Chuni Devi school welcomed them onto their playground knowing that this team was here to help start the process of a new school building consisting of six seismically safe classrooms.

They had a tour of the existing buildings and were shown the area where the new classrooms would be built, the children and teachers were all excited to meet these strangers from a foreign land.

The next morning, after a dubious nights sleep next to the road and temple (if the horns of the lorries going past weren’t waking you up, the bell at the temple was) the team donned their hard hats and gloves and headed over to our building site.

For the next three days, land was cleared, rocks were moved, the footings appeared overnight after a JCB had arrived – unfortunately they had been dug a couple of feet to one side of where they the team had to jump in the holes and hollow out one side of each wall and then reinforce the bottom with some of the rocks that they had moved the day before. There were 16 of these holes - it was an exacting job ensuring the centre pin for each hole was in the right place according to the guide string that the engineers had put up over the site for us.

All during this process, classes were continuing, kids were running round the site and the sun was beating down on us all. It was hot, hard work. There were injuries, there was heat stroke, there were blisters – but there were laughs, bonding, lasting friendships made and a building site started.

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