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Everest Base Camp 2013

Everest Base Camp 2013

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In 2009 I trekked the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu - it was a little tough at times but enjoyable. Then in 2012 I made it to the top of Kilimanjaro - spectacular but the most difficult thing I've ever done. It's 2013 and the climbing bug is out of control. Despite my efforts to stifle the urge, it wont let go.

In under a month, I will attempt a 140km hike to Mt Everest Base Camp. Sound-minded people have questioned why I would want to do this. I don't have an answer that explains it to myself either. So without getting philosophical and quoting great climbers all I can say is, some play golf, some drive fast cars, and some go shopping. I'm going climbing.

As with my previous climb, I want a charity to benefit and once again I have selected the Smile Foundation ( The foundation raises money for kids from poor backgrounds that are born with facial deformaties, cleft palates or are disfigured after burns. One of the plastic surgeons that also supports Smile Foundation is Dr Ridwan Mia who recently performed groundbreaking surgery on the little girl who was badly burned, Pippie Kruger. My climb is self-funded and all proceeds go directly to Smile Foundation. My company, Marsh Risk Consulting, has already pledged R5 000 so I want to try and achieve a target of R25 000 (roughly $2 500).

Despite the fact that I am already risking life and limb here if I reach my target, I will allow 5 people to suggest a dare to be performed on the mountain which, if reasonable :-), I will do and send proof of. It doesn't get better than that!

As with all major treks, altitude sickness is the biggest challenge. With my 2 previous climbs, I acclimatised fine and didn't have any problems aside from normal exhaustion, so I hope Everest would be kind to me as well. Base Camp is located at about 5 500 metres so the trek is roughly 60% to the summit of Everest. Another challenge with Everest is the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, where the trek begins. Short runway, built on an incline, in between mountains - the less I think about it the better. Then the rest of the challenges: below zero temps, wind chill and no bathing or ablution facilities.

I seriously think that after this one, I might hang up my boots and take up golf.

Or maybe not.


"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." - Nelson Mandela


  • Sep 25, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Great !!! Well done (I am sure you did it).....looking forward to your trip stories !!!" - Markus, your buddy from germany :-)

  • Sep 20, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Well done Nolan! Here's to your next conquer..." - Devan & Prea

  • Sep 12, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Nolan!" - AAFRIKA RECRUITMENT

  • Sep 12, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Congratulations on always striving for greater heights. Looking forward to the pics and stories." - Avinash

  • Sep 11, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Top stuff bro!.. All the best!" - Shy Sai

  • Sep 06, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "So proud of you Nols! Stay strong, be confident and enjoy" - Darsh

  • Sep 03, 2013 - R 1 207.10
  • "No dare, just a picture of some frozen snot. Not a close-up though. Stay safe!" - Kevin

  • Sep 02, 2013 - R 200.00
  • "All the best for the climb!! " - Kelly

  • Aug 30, 2013 - R 5 000.00
  • "It sounds both a worthy charity and a formitable challenge. We are more than happy to offer our support. Good luck Nolan!" - FAS Global Practice

  • Aug 30, 2013 - R 200.00
  • "All the best Champ." - Vischen and Predeshni

  • Aug 27, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "All the best Nolan" - Yogi

  • Aug 24, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Enjoy the challenge!" - Danai

  • Aug 22, 2013 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck Bud" - Brett

  • Aug 21, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Goodluck!! Bring us back some ice." - HT

  • Aug 21, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Good Luck Naidoo" - Jonathan & Elaine

  • Aug 20, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Legend, go stick your SA flag in the basecamp!" - Brent

  • Aug 19, 2013 - R 1 500.00
  • "Wishing you all the best on your climb! Lots of love!" - Renz Benz

  • Aug 16, 2013 - R 1 000.00
  • "You are a courageous man. Nolan the Brave. All the very best." - Sharon Gounder

  • Aug 15, 2013 - R 1 000.00
  • "I love your message, I love your passion! Go get your summit, you have a huge team supporting you from the ground. Thanks for the inspiration. " - Karusha

  • Aug 15, 2013 - R 1 000.00
  • "wishing you everything on the best -lots of love " - Verisha and Dheeran

  • Aug 14, 2013 - R 192.90
  • "Wishing you great success in your new adventure. Can't wait to see the pics!" - Lisa Steele-Robertson

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Donations to date

R 23 000.00

Fundraising target

R 25 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 6 000.00

Smile Foundation

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Smile Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings people together for the purpose of providing expert surgical intervention, creating greater social involvement and enabling sensible corporate social investment – to make a difference in the lives of children with facial anomalies.

We offer holistic care to transform the lives of these children who are threatened with rejection by society.

The Smile Foundation is about meaningfully connecting people to bring about new opportunities, new futures, with the result being – new lives.

To set up your own fundraising page for The Smile Foundation click here