Pete Symons – Quality technologist
“We arrived at Heathrow on the 7th November at 6am. We were accompanied by 5 organizers from Macmillan cancer support, “Discover Adventure” and a doctor, We boarded a flight to Cambodia via Singapore (where we had an eight hour stopover). We didn’t arrive in Siem Reap where we were to start the trek until about 3pm local time on the 8th.
After our briefing we had a nice relaxing time at the Ree hotel getting over jet lag. Up early we started our first days trek at 7am on the 9th, with temperatures in excess of 35 degrees, it was hot, humid and dusty going, straight away we encountered the local people who were poor but always took the time to say hello and wave at us. After a hard day we stayed at a temple run by Buddhist monks who started praying at 04.30 am!
Each day faced its different challenges and unusual sleeping conditions, I found that my feet were not as well prepared as I thought they were, so frequent visits to the Doctor each morning were needed to patch up my blisters. The trek was very well organised and our porters were amazing, who would believe seeing 5 round tables set up with table cloths, plates and candles in the middle of the jungle and being served a hot meal which was needed after burning so much energy each day.
The most challenging day was walking through paddy fields going from wet to dry all day long which took its toll on many including a lady who slipped and broke her leg so had to be airlifted by helicopter to Siem Reap hospital, the Macmillan support team and Discover Adventure team all coordinated this very professionally so we were in safe hands.
On our last evening we stayed in an ecco village and then walked to Ankor Wat to see 3 temples which were amazing, one of which was used in the filming of Temple of Doom and also Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. After a few hours exploring Ankor Wat we were taken back to our hotel where we had the luxury of air conditioning and running water. We finished the evening with a celebration meal and were told that we had collectively raised over £158,000 for Macmillan. I would like to thank all who helped me raise just over £4000 towards that total. I now look forward to my next trek which is yet to be planned and will depend heavily on my forthcoming MRI and neurologist recommendations.”