Staying for a few days in Mussorie, India (a small out of the way Himalayan mountain town) and discovered that it was the home of Sir George Everest.
Sir George Everest led the way in his field, mapping out most of India and the Himalayas including their elevations. For this honour, despite objections, he had the highest mountain in the world named after him. He paved the way for all future mountaineering pioneers and adventurers in this region, AND... HE WAS WELSH! Britain was at the forefront of the early and most daring exploration and mountaineering expeditions. To name a few, North Wales (my 2nd home) on its own was the base/training grounds for early British expeditions to Everest including the first successful ascent in 1953 and also the spiritual home of greats such as Don Whillans and Joe Brown who, amongst others, completed the first ascents of Torres del Paine and Kanchenjunga respectively (completed after the first ascent of Everest I might add because of the severity of the routes). I'm far from nationalistic but it does make me proud to be a brit and feel so much admiration for my countrymen.
We made the short 3 hour trek to Sir George Everest's former home, now derelict and in disrepair (yes the graffiti does say 'Fuck me Neymar' 😅). Bit of a shame to see such a historic place in such a way, but what a nice interesting pilgrimage to make shortly before our own attempt at Everest with Lauren and my dad (attempt at basecamp that is!). #higgisamadventures #GeorgeEverest #Everest #peakXV #pioneer #Himalayas #fuckmeneymar #GreatBrits #JoeBrown #DonWhillans #mountainhistory #adventurers