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Carole & Neil climb Stok Kangri....almost!

Carole Mahoney Neil Bowman

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Thanks for visiting our page. As a celebration for us both reaching a certain age, we returned to Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya and took up the challenge of climbing Stok Kangri at 6,141m (20147ft). However, very close to the summit, at approximately 6,000 metres, bad weather closed in and we were advised by our leader not to continue over an extremely difficult and dangerous ridge which led to the summit. Having left base camp at 1am, we had already been climbing relentlessly for almost seven hours over terrain which included crossing a glacier and zigzagging up a very steep snowfield at a 40 degree angle for almost four hours before finally climbing to the ridge. Stronger members of the group who did reach the summit experienced a complete white-out. All said it was the most difficult and challenging thing they had done. We agree!

We're aiming high in our money target too and splitting the money we raise between two charities. We have supported the Tibet Relief Fund for many years. TRF runs numerous projects in healthcare, education, self-sustainability and development as well as a sponsorship programme for Tibetan children, monks, nuns and the elderly in exile in India and Nepal. For more info, click on the TRF logo on this page.

We travelled with Exodus Travels and one of their Himalayan Community Support Projects, run by Friends of Conservation, aims to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles by trekkers and locals in the popular Markha Valley. For more info on this project, go to We were able to visit a tea tent where this project was in operation and were very impressed with what we saw.

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24.10.12 Very well done on your attempt to climb Stok Kangri, and for all your fund raising!

11.10.12 Rather you than me! Very well done.

27.09.12 Fantastic effort - setting a fabulous example to all!

17.09.12 Hope the muscles you didn't know you had have recovered by now. Gosh, am very impressed

16.09.12 Good work guys - you must be frustrated about the summit but what an achievement nonetheless!

09.09.12 Well done.

07.09.12 Well done Carole & Neil. What,s Next??

05.09.12 A belated and awed congratulations!

03.09.12 Carole and Neil we are so proud of you - what an excellent (if somewhat gruelling!) challenge you set yourselves and well done for completing it.

26.08.12 Here's to all of a certain age who remain youthful in spirit - Well done!

25.08.12 What a terrific achievement. Well done! From A fellow Spitalfields Festival volunteer

19.08.12 Well done, Neil and Carole, A great achievement for a worthy cause. I can just about climb the stairs to the upper deck of a bus! a free hot drink each is in order next time you pass The Ragged School Museum on a Weds afternoon! Congratulations !

19.08.12 I think you're both fantastic and I look forward to bumping into you on the lesser slopes of Hampstead Heath

16.08.12 Happy to be with you during your major achievement (can guarantee that it was really hard!).

15.08.12 Congrats - fantastic achievement!

14.08.12 Well done! I really admire you both.

14.08.12 Congratulations on your fantastic achievement!

14.08.12 I was there - and can acknowledge the massive effort made by Carole and Neil. Well done to you both!

14.08.12 Heroic.

14.08.12 Many congratulations. You two are amazing. True inspirations! Looking forward to the post-climb party!!!

14.08.12 Congratulations on a really worthwhile project

14.08.12 Bravi!!! Look forward to seeing the holiday snaps. Lotsalove. G&J

14.08.12 Nameste: Hope you both coped with the altitude (and the toilets) OK and have some great memories for life.

13.08.12 Hope you did well and enjoyed it, Carole and Neil, for two very good causes. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

13.08.12 Great effort. An increadibly tough climb.


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