Karen Tills, Rutherford 509, took on an Outward Bound Masters course for her 50th birthday. Now she’s turning 60 and is heading to the high and remote Himalayan valleys.
Her daughter (who had also completed an Outward Bound course) talked her into it. Since then Karen has completed the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, The Goat Ruapehu adventure run, Miner's Trial, Motatapu marathon, most of New Zealand's great walks and recently passes Harmen, Whitehorn and Browning, a traverse across the Southern Alps.
She has slowed down a little, but her idea of going for a walk is usually a five or six hour bush hike.
In October, Karen and husband Michael will join a group from the Hamilton Tramping Club (Karen and Michael moved to Tauranga two years ago) destined for Nepal. The tour is guided by sherpas and they tramp up to 5600 metres. The area is described as one of the world's hidden wonders and the main highlight of Dolpa trekking includes Shey Phoksundo National Park, one of the major national parks of Nepal.
She thanks Outward Bound "for sowing the seeds in my mind of what I can achieve".