Nepal talk at first Probus meeting

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Brechin Probus chairman, Bob Berry, welcomed the members to the new session and wished all a happy new year.

Dr Simon Frost was the speaker for the day, and his talk was on Nepal. He started his slide show at Kathmandhu and illustrated the colourful and busy nature of the city.

The audience were then taken to the foothills of the Himalayas via some very rugged tracks. The talk then took the group higher up, with the landscape becoming more and more rugged.

The views to the high tops were spectacular with the white mountains against the blue, blue sky. Likewise the views down the valleys were equally impressive. Annapurna was shown to great effect in the quality light and Machapuchare could be seen clearly in the background.

Much of the trek was close to Tibet and the Buddhist culture was quite apparent. The porters were extremely helpful and always pleased to help. Dr Frost remarked on his respect for the Nepalese people, their humour and cheerfulness and their caring attitude. He was pleased that this trek had been organised through Community Action Nepal which is a charity started by Doug Scott and from which profits go back to the Nepalese people.

The members were delighted to have been taken on this tour and were most impressed with the adventurous nature of Dr. Frost’s holiday. Dr. Mike Andrews gave the vote of thanks.

The chairman reminded members that the next meeting will be on the January 21. Dave Howson will give a talk called ‘On the west coast’.