Quite frankly he looks a little intimidating in this photo.
But Tim Mosedale is far from it! I first met him through Giles Ruck. Tim runs an expedition company guiding people on Everest, Ama Dablam and other Himalayan peaks, and around the rest of the year runs a busy b&b in the Lake District with his wife and two children. He has summited Everest a total of six times to date, so has a world of experience in what it takes to get to the roof of the world.
Sometimes he dabbles in extreme personal adventures; one such example being the ‘Tim Tri’ – a little cycle of the Fred Whitton Challenge route (a 112 mile sportive taking in some of the highest Lakeland road climbs) before a double Derwentwater swim and finally the Bob Graham Round (66 miles and 42 peaks). Tim lost three colleagues and friends in the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Sherpas who he had worked with for 12 years and who left 9 children behind with no income, and he was raising vital cash to help the families out.
It was a treat to dig deep into Tim’s stories. There a few:
- From his childhood and early years in boarding school to how he started out in a career that would eventually transition into guiding mountaineers on Everest
- His approach to balancing the risks of high altitude expeditions with family life
- The experience of losing a client on Everest this year, for the first time in his career
- His experience of the 2015 earthquake
- The role of mindset in the high mountains
- The vast benefits of the mountains and outdoor activity in his life
Tim has straight-talking, golddust advice for those thinking of taking on an extreme Himalayan expedition. He is truly honest with people about what it takes, frequently at the expense of income to his company – if clients don’t have the required experience as a mountaineer they simply will not end up on his expeditions.
So have a read of his website and check out his blog post in the show notes below on the seven attributes needed for climbing Everest. He also offers fantastic courses on winter skills and rock climbing in the UK.
I say this with every guest but I loved talking to Tim, his boundless enthusiasm and energy for life are infectious and had me wondering if I am challenging myself enough at the moment in the outdoors. If you get a dose of inspiration or advice from our conversation I hope you’ll show your own love with a quick rating, review or share too.
Tim is in fact on Ama Dablam right now - wish him luck and check out his incredible panoramic.