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October 15, 2017

Back when Alexandra David-Néel was in Sikkim, you could travel there freely, and she ended up staying for at least 2 years. Now, due to government restrictions, you can only get an entry permit for 15 days. You can extend this after the 15 days is up, but the route we...

October 10, 2017

I’ve been blown away by all the help I’ve been offered by friends, family and strangers since I started organising this expedition.

The first person who has saved my bacon is Valerie Parkinson.

Valerie worked with me at Exodus Travels and is one of the most inspiring wom...

October 4, 2017

It was National Poetry Day last week, and while I was relentlessly googling Alexandra David-Néel like usual, I stumbled across a really beautiful poem about her by poet and fellow David-Néel enthusiast Alexandra Carr-Malcolm.

I contacted Alex and told her all about my e...

September 29, 2017

I've always loved books, so here are five of my favourites, which in some way or another have influenced the Woman with Altitude project: 

My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Néel

This is the book that directly inspired the whole Woman with Altitude project, My Journe...

September 25, 2017

I have to say, I've been learning an awful lot whilst organising this expedition to India, especially when it comes to the old kit I'll be taking with me.

I've had history lessons on many items including backpacks, hats, walking boots and probably the best of all,...

September 19, 2017

I decided that the only way to truly understand what Alexandra David-Néel went through during the long walks she made throughout her 14 year journey, and the only way to do her journey the justice it deserves, is to take with me only what she had in the early 1900s....

September 18, 2017

Here are 5 of my favourite quotes from the one and only Alexandra David-Néel.

September 15, 2017

The last time I attempted to summit a mountain at altitude was in 2015. It was a stupid idea, as six days later I was running the London Marathon on a last minute stand-in place for Friends of Conservation, a charity that Exodus Travels works very closely with....

September 12, 2017

I met my wonderful friend Bryony on a beach in Sri Lanka. We were both there to learn how to surf, on a week long "intensive surf course". 

If you've never been surfing before, a warning for your first time - it's not as easy as it looks and you don't look any...

September 3, 2017

This famous image of Alexandra David-Néel below will be the inspiration behind everything I'll be wearing on my journey. The image was taken in 1923, before the final stages of her 14 year journey around Asia, when she dressed as an elderly beggar woman, and secretly e...

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