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The Ramblings of a Reluctant Civil Servant

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Trek Minus 23 Days
I just found out that one of my heros passed away on my Birthday.

Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer died on Saturday aged 93 - he was the first person to climb the North Face of the Eiger and his escape from a British POW camp at the start of WWII and trek into Tibet was detailed in his now famous book 'Seven Years in Tibet'.

He struck me as a supremely arrogant yoof, and not a terribly likeable person, but Tibet and the Himalayas had a profound effect on him.

His book, along with a couple of others, is one of the things that inspired me to arrange my own expedition.