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About markdicksontravelandphotography

I’m a travel and adventure sports enthusiast, working as a travel writer and photographer. My most recent climbing expedition was a successful summit of Everest from the Tibetan side.

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Official confirmation that the Marathon des Sables is achievable without being able to run and surviving on a daily ration of 4 Pepperamis, 3 cereal bars, shortbread, nuts and coffee sweets… The very sandy and very hot (50C+ in the … Continue reading

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Marathon des Sables – Q&A

What is the Marathon des Sables? The Marathon des Sables (or “MDS” for those wanting to sound like they are in the “know”) is a 6 day, 250 km race across the Sahara Desert which the Discovery Channel described as … Continue reading

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Everest base Camp and Goyko Ri

16th, 17th, 18th March – Starting Out The last stage of my Everest preparation was a trip to the South side, Nepalese, Base Camp and a few other trekking highlights partly to improve my acclimatisation and fitness and partly as … Continue reading

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Tales of a Kyrgyzstan Cooker

When I told people we were heading to Kyrgyzstan for our holidays the questions were generally “Where?” and “Why?”. Having explained it was in Central Asia bordering China and the other “stans” and that it is famous as one of … Continue reading

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Climbing to the top of the world

8th to 10th April – into China The team got together in Kathmandu for the first time and had the traditional pre departure diner.  There are 7 of us.  Phil is the organiser who I have climbed with several times … Continue reading

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Manaslu, October 2011

My last expedition was my 4th attempt at an 8,000m + peak. Manaslu, or “Spirit Mountain”, in Nepal at 8,163m is the 8th highest mountain in the world. Unusually for me I managed to put in some training before the … Continue reading

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