|David Tait at the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.|
My friend David Tait has now started his 2013 Everest expedition and is already in Nepal on the early stages of his journey to the summit of Everest.
His mission is to raise awareness of child sexual abuse, of which David was sadly a victim at the age of ten, and to raise money for Britain's longest-established children's charity, the NSPCC.
(Please see my earlier blog post, David Tait's 2013 Expedition To Everest To Stop Child Abuse, for more details, including video from the Discovery Channel of David on Everest during a previous expedition.)
|A monkey at the Monkey Temple.|
You can follow David's adventures in Nepal and on Everest through his excellent regular dispatches on his website, davidtait.com - written with all the color, humor, exotic encounters and sense of being there, that you could wish for.
Only today, David survived a near-death experience with a falling yak!
|A cable bridge on the trail in Nepal.|
The first part of David's journey with his family, who are accompanying him to Base Camp, was by helicopter - not from the roof of the Kathmandu Hyatt, as planned, because of an arbitrary local decision by the authorities that this was not to be permitted, but from an airfield nearby.
|The Eurocopter 3B in which David and his family traveled.|
Along with David's website, you can also follow his exploits through his Twitter account @TaitEverest. If you can, please contribute to his NSPCC fund - he has already raised £200,000, for a program that will help educate every child about the ever-present risks of child abuse.