I made, what was to some, a very strange decision when I decided to trek to Everest Base Camp to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was certainly the hardest thing I’ve ever done, both physically and mentally.

I’m still not sure why but I then returned two years later to do a more difficult trek that turned into more than I’d bargained for, I was still in Kathmandu when the major earthquake hit Nepal on Anzac Day 2015. That earthquake killed almost 9,000 people and destroyed homes, businesses and ancient monuments and although I came through physically unscathed it left me with a profoundly different outlook on life. For many months afterwards I was questioning the whys and wherefores of the whole episode.

I wasn’t supposed to be there that day, I’d changed my original plans that would have seen me leave Nepal two days earlier and that morning I’d even changed my plans for the day; the plans that would have seen me in the centre of Thamel visiting an ancient tower that was destroyed in the earthquake killing several hundred people.

Since then I’ve completed a long-held dream to write a book and How the Hell Did I Get Here, about my experiences in Nepal, has recently been published and you can buy it through Booktopia, The Book Depository, Amazon and all the usual ebook distributors.

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