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The Andes to the Himalayas


Posted on Monday 17th March, 2014

Hi folks!! Super long time since I have written a blog post so I apologise to everyone that has been wondering what I am doing and is not following me on facebook. I am currently writing from the Courtyard Hotel in Kathmandu and I can’t believe it has been two years since I have been here and seen my friends Michelle and Pujan, the owners of the Hotel. It is so awesome to be back again and it feels just like home, as always. I have just been here for a few days getting ready for my expedition. Yesterday the four blokes arrived, Andrew from Northcote Pottery and co. We are heading in to do the Base Camp trek tomorrow and they are super excited! Northcote has sponsored my Everest expedition, Manaslu and Lhotse in 2012 and also this current one. So what am up too??

 

Well lets go back a month. One of my students from Tafe, her friend and another friend (Katie, Kylie and Laura) and I all headed off to Argentina to climb Aconcagua from Plaza Argentinas, across to Colera high camp on the normal route, to the summit and back down to Plaza de Mulas and out the Horcones Valley. As I do not have much time right now to right more detail about the trip I will just pop a few photos up. It was a great expedition where I caught up with loads of old friends as it was my tenth expedition on the mountain and I previously lived in Mendoza…. for three years. The trip was a great success with ‘Las Chicas’ Team all reaching the summit and back safely.

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On the way to high camp.

Load carrying to high camp 6000m

Load carrying to high camp 6000m

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SUMMIT!!

This expedition was a warm up for me for the one I am about to undertake now. ¬†Since I turned around on Lhotse in 2012, I have wanted to come back. This time however I am planning to give it a crack without the use of bottled oxygen. I was a little disappointed to use oxygen on Everest and also Manaslu as I would much prefer to summit without. Prior to Everest I had not climbed at altitude for three years and this was obvious up high as I was much slower and colder than normal. On Manaslu Dawa and I were unable to establish a high camp on the plateau at 7400m so we had to leave from 6800m to the summit at 8100m. This was too far for me to climb in one day without the use of gas. We were fortunate however to have the only day since we had been there without a storm in the afternoon so that led to our success. When I was guiding Aconcagua and climbing in Peru I was much stronger up high and this is why I felt I did so well on Cho Oyu without oxygen in 2007. This expedition is certainly not going to be easy for me as I have only been to 8200 without oxygen before and Lhotse is 8516m and very steep up the face. However I love a challenge obviously so I am giving it a go with plenty of preparation and planning in place to be as safe as I can while doing it. I am once again only climbing with Dawa Tenzing as he is one of the only people I trust to climb with up high and we make very safe decisions together…. and he is strong! Part of my preparation was the trip back to the highest mountain in the Andes, then I had two weeks back in Oz before heading across to the Himalayas!

 

So firstly Dawa and I are hiking in to Everest Base Camp with the four men and back to Namche. We then plan to acclimatise on a mountain called Kyojo Ri once they have gone, which is close to Renjo Pass and Gokyo and is around 6100m. Then perhaps sneak in another 6000er before heading to Lhotse. We plan to make the summit bid around mid May. So plenty of time to get strong and acclimatised.

 

The boys arrived yesterday and it was a special day in Kathmandu, Hindu Holy. This is when the whole city shuts down and everyone runs around throwing coloured powder and water bombs at each other. It was quite a spectacle for the guys just getting off the plane….

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The Swayambunath Temple

The Swayambunath Temple

Today, after finishing the blokes equipment shopping we headed up to the Swayambunath Temple and had a great view back to the city. It was good to do a couple of laps of the stairs to the temple to get the legs moving. So its up early for my favourite mountain flight into Lukla! I can’t wait to sit up the front of the plane so as to get maximum thrill when landing on the short uphill runway. Off to finish packing then Pujan is hosting a BBQ yum!!

 

Once again I am climbing for my charity The Australian Himalayan Foundation. I am raising money for their ‘Quality Education Program’ which supports schools in the lower, poorer region of the Khumbu below the tourist route. This program aims to give kids a brighter future through education and over 12 years will effect over 42 000 kids. This money will make a big difference to these peoples lives and it is my way of giving back to the community here. So please help make my expedition more meaningful and fulfilling for me by supporting my charity. You can donate at this link-¬†http://personalchallenge.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lhotse

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Posted on Saturday 1st March, 2014

One of the most common manifestations of malware is adware. While adware can be annoying, this particular type of malware is by far the most dangerous. Unlike malware that tries to steal your personal information, browser hijacking malware actually comes with the intention of interfering with the operation of your browser, to the point of removing all advertisements.

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According to companies like Fortinet, often times, adware is bundled with other types of malware. Often times, adware comes bundled with add-ons that will add extra functionality to your browser. Some examples of add-ons include:

Memory patching that disables your antivirus to prevent further infections.

That will get rid of all the annoying ads from websites you visit.

To add to the confusion, it is important to understand what the proper response is when you receive a request from a trojan. The first thing you should do is to delete any original adware from your computer. Once you have done so, the trojan may infect other parts of your computer by dropping additional adware on them.

How Does Malware Infect Your Computer?

You have to decide what level of protection is most important for you. For most people, there are few antivirus programs that you must use, but one of the more important ways malware will infect your computer is through your browser.

More and more, trojans will mimic your browser, injecting code into your browser that interacts with the malicious website.

It is important that you are aware of the browser extensions that you install and that are not anti-malware. In order for a browser extension to be considered “not-bad,” it must not interact with malicious code in order for it to be considered “good.” For example, let’s say you install an extension that logs all of the clicks and page views. This could be considered to be anti-malware, but it will log and inject code to your computer that hijacks the browser and will remove any anti-malware programs from your computer. You can consult providers like EATEL and ask how they can protect your home network.

How are These Trojans Received?

Unlike most forms of malware that come from email attachments, trojans are initially delivered by your browser.

Some trojans may even hijack your browser’s context menu and then insert the trojan into the menu, giving you a false sense of security.

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