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Gerda Pauler Talk Programme on Trekking in Nepal
27 February 2016 @ 19:30 - 21:00
Venue: The Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Sq W, Dublin 1,
Time: 7.30 pm
Date: 27th February 2016, Saturday
“Gerda will be talking about her new book ‘Dolpo’ and her experience of taking on Nepal’s Great Himalaya 1700km Trail!”
Gerda was born in a small village outside Munich in the late 50ies; an only child. Already before she started school, her mountain crazy parents took her to the Alps; whether she wanted to or not. To be honest, she never wanted to, and all she remember about this time were blisters all over her feet caused by heavy boots, allergic itching caused by scratchy woolen socks, traditional knee pants that never fitted properly and her red anorak – a colour I hated as a child. Any reason allowing her to stay at home was welcomed with enthusiasm, and she developed a great talent in making up excuses.
It is almost a miracle that she developed a liking for the mountains as an adult, but she did. Since the 80s, numerous journeys took her to the Himalaya; Nepal, India and Pakistan. she roamed through the Alps and other European mountains, joined the Merzbacher Expedition to Central Asia and had a go at some peaks in South America…. and whenever she did not feel like walking, she cycled in places like Sibir, Alps, Norway, Kyrgyzstan….
‘The most terrible thing for me is to wake up without having a dream to go for.’
Nepal’s Great Himalaya Trail is one of the longest highest treks in the world. Starting in the far east of the country where Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak stretches skyward, the trail runs through some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments imaginable and passes eight of the 8000m peaks until it ends at the high plateaus on the Tibetan borderlands in the far west.
In 2012, Gerda Pauler set out to follow this 1700km trail.