At the age of 50, well my 50th was in Kathmandu, I decided I need to challenge myself. To old and very over wieght I decided to go to everest base camp. I was very lucky as the groups guide was Lalit. A man who encouraged me every step and on the days I feel behind stayed with me, even though he was ill with a cold himself. As head sherpa he felt it was his duty to help the stragglers, yep that was me on many days. The day we got to base camp I was very slow and several hours behind the others. The other sherpas brought hot drinks upto us to keep me going but in the end Lalit and the team got me to Gorakshep where a skill medical team checked me and diagnosed me as being knackered. On the trip from base camp to Gorakshep we got caught in the path of a small rock averlanch and some how Lalit gave me the energy to run out of it path. It wasn’t the largest averlanch on everest but it wasn’t something you wanted to be caught in. Lalit is truly a fantastic guide and I cannot recommend him highly enough.