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The Road to Imja Tse - Tyres and Soles
In 2015, some friends invited me to the Cathedral Ranges, 120 km north-east of Melbourne, for the day. Having never hiked before, I instantly fell into a deep love affair with mountains. Over the next three years, my passion led me all around Australia, but the Australian Alps was where I felt most at home. In February 2017, I walked the Annapurna circuit in Nepal and there saw my first eight thousand meter giant, Dhaulagiri. A few weeks after returning to Melbourne, I had a drink with an old friend of mine. I sat in awe as he recalled memories of climbing in Russia, Bolivia, Peru and Africa and as I walked home, I realised I had no reason to wait. Within days, I had chosen my first challenge, Imja Tse at 6189 meters. I’m not a mountaineer, and an athlete is not, nor has it ever been a term one would use to describe me but I was determined to try. I knew that the altitude would demand my respect and while this was going to ask a great deal of me, my hope was that it would provide me with an opportunity to explore the very edge of …