A reluctant out of shape 47 year old took on the challenge of a lifetime. Motivation came from supporting the IRFU Charitable Trust but confidence grew through my dealings with Earth’s Edge. From the initial telephone enquiry with Joyce to the itinerary, kit list and expedition detail; I began to gain a detailed understanding of what I had signed up to. The pre-departure weekend was full of helpful detail, fun and again was a huge confidence builder for me. James and Brian are true professionals who tell it as it is. I arrived at the airport ready for the challenge and thankfully completed it along with the other 32 people in our team! A word must go to the Earth’s Edge crew in Arusha. That team were truly inspirational; the support, effort, work and fitness of each and everyone was remarkable. To Goodie – the very best of luck in Nepal and to FUSO – you are the man. I look forward to hearing about your guiding journey. POLE POLE

Adrian McLaughlin. Randalstown, Antrim