Student, Adrien Amblard raised funds specifically for CAN and, when he returned from a trek led by Tim Willis - the son of one of Trish’s oldest school friends Val Willis - Adrien wanted to meet CAN Nepal’s Operations Director and hand it over in person.

Adrien was part of a school expedition to Nepal, arranged and run by Global Action. Adrien attends the Lycée Français school in London and the party were out in Nepal for two weeks during which time they stayed in a Tibetan refugee camp learning about Tibetan culture. The group then helped paint a local Nepali Community Centre and we trekked for five days up to Poon Hill over in the Annapurna area. 

 Adrien was one of seventeen students who were accompanied by two wonderful teachers (Deirdre Maguire & Karen McLoughlin) with Tim as expedition leader.


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The above image shows Murari Gautam receiving the donation from Adrien who is also holding a copy of CAN’s latest newsletter, Three Years After.

On behalf of everyone at CAN, here in the UK and Nepal, heartfelt thanks to Adrien for his effort in being so successful on CAN’s behalf.

TIMELESS TREKS - a wonderful mountaineering read, written by Clive Darley and sold in support of Community Action Nepal

When CAN was approached earlier in the summer about supporting the Darley’s self publishing venture none of us appreciated at that time what an incredible gift this was going to be. Clive and Jennifer were adamant that all net proceeds should come to CAN and be used in the on-going support of its schools, health posts and porter rescue shelters.

Now the book is in print CAN is delighted to be able to provide publicity through the website and social media in anticipation that a wider audience will be inspired to purchase the book which usually retails at £16.95 but will be discounted to £15.00 over the Kendal Mountain Festival weekend where copies will be available on the Community Action Nepal stall.


FMB Publishing write:

Incredibly, two of our long-standing clients, Clive and Jennifer Darley, have recently published a mountaineering book, ‘Timeless Treks’, which provides fascinating accounts of mountain expeditions that the couple undertook during their 7th and 8th decades – proving that age is just a number and not a barrier, “Age should not weary nor the years condemn. It is hoped that this might be a reassurance that ambition and adventure is not just the prerogative of the young.” Clive Darley.

Clive and Jennifer are kindly donating all proceeds from the book to ‘Community Action Nepal’, to help them to continue their work building schools and hospitals in the Khumbu Himalaya.

Clive and Jennifer Darley

Clive and Jennifer Darley

This illustrated book is the culmination of over 50 years of experience in organising, leading or participating in expeditions to mountainous regions across the world (see notes on the author). Its main objective is to encourage outdoor enthusiasts to continue to seek out the positive advantages that immersion in a culture of adventure and challenge can bring. It provides insights that furnish imagination and ambition for the younger walker and inspiration for the more experienced.

Timeless Treks contains a selection of contrasting experiences which contain interesting, amusing, poignant and sometimes profound reflections that all who journey into wild places will recognise and understand. The style of writing is inevitably subjective and anecdotal, providing a good armchair read for those wishing to plan future adventures or for those wishing to relive previous experiences. It includes relevant reference maps and over 140 photographs. Broader geographical, geological, historical and political insights are woven into the accounts to provide context.

The book will be on sale at Waterstones and other book retailers in the coming weeks. Alternatively, as mentioned above, copies will be available from CAN’s stall at the Kendal Mountain Festival, 16 to 18 November 2018.

We’re delighted to provided a little background information on the authors:

"Clive Darley was formerly Headmaster of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. He retired early to pursue his mountaineering ambitions between fulfilling various roles as educationconsultant and Project Manager at the Universities of Cumbria and Lancaster, finally retiring at the age of 75. He has been involved in the organisation and leadership of a large number of expeditions and participated in many more to all parts of the world, including the Himalayas, Karakorum, Hindu Kush, Iceland, Spitzbergen, Norway and New Zealand. For many years, he led Alpine trekking expeditions to the main European mountain ranges. Since ‘retirement’, the couple have trekked several times a year both in the UK and abroad as well as continuing to engage in fell-walking in Cumbria and Scotland.

He had a hip resurfaced in 1999 and a cardiac pacemaker implanted in 1997.

“Jennifer Darley retired from a senior position at Hutton Grammar School near Preston in 1997. Like her husband, she was heavily involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and was a keen sportswoman, playing hockey and squash. Despite suffering from vertigo, she has accompanied Clive on all the treks documented. They attended the same school, graduated from the same University and have been married for 55 years. They have lived in South Lakes since 1997. With a combined age of 156, both remain firm believers in retaining a sense of adventure through their advancing years.”


A selection of Doug's wonderful images have been used to create greeting cards which are on sale, not only at lectures, but also from the office. 

The images are, from left to right: Everest and Lhoste from Makalu; Nuptse North Buttress above Khumbu icefall; Into the Western Cwm, Everest, Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Beyond and Trekking near Makalu.

Cards are either Season's Greetings or Namaste and each pack contains 10 cards, two of each image and cost £5.00. If ordering from the office please let us know how many packs you would like and add on postage and packing in the sum of £3.50 for up to four packs. 

Orders can be placed by email: or writing to CAN at Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, CA7 8HX and payment can be made either by cheque [sent to the address above] or via BACS to CAN's account at the Cumberland Building Society: 

Sort code: 16 52 21            Account number: 54157518

If paying by BACS please quote your name and cards by way of reference and please don't forget to let us have details of the delivery address.


Trish Scott, on behalf of CAN UK, and Murari Gautam, Operations Director CAN Nepal, received the 2018 Mountain Protection Award on Saturday, 6th October in a ceremony at Ulan Baator, Mongolia during the General Assembly.

Trish and Murari on stage in Ulan Baator receiving the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award

Trish and Murari on stage in Ulan Baator receiving the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award

To read further please click this link for the UIAA’s press release.

The UIAA 2018 Mountain Protection Award

The UIAA 2018 Mountain Protection Award

SAD NEWS: The death of CAN Trustee, Philip 'Pip' Hopkinson


Sadly Pip Hopkinson died on Saturday night, 25 August 2018.  He was in a pub in Heptonstall with his brother, Nick and others, when he suffered a massive heart attack.  He was pronounced dead at Calderdale hospital, Halifax.

Pip's funeral will be held at 1:00 pm on FRIDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER at the Stonefall Cemetery and Crematorium on Wetherby Road, Harrogate HG3 1DE and will be followed by a reception at Harrogate Pavilions, Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8NZ. Everyone is welcome and, for catering purposes, please let Pip’s brother Nick know you are coming. Nick’s email address is:

Pip's brother, Nick has requested that any donations in memory of Pip should be made to CAN via this link to JustGiving. 

Pip was a great supporter of the Nottingham Climbers Club and the Climbers Club of which he was once Secretary.  He was also a great supporter of the traditional values of British climbing.

Pip was a Founder Trustee of the charity Community Action Nepal [CAN] and was a great supporter of the rural poor of Nepal, visiting the country on several occasions in support of CANs’s projects.  For those of us who knew Pip in Nottingham in the 1950s and 1960s, we will all, I am sure, remember him as a loyal friend who was highly intelligent, at social debates, a lively musician on folk nights and more recently he had become a considerable artist, developing a style all of his own.

Pip was unwell last year and was hospitalised over Christmas; fortunately he recovered and since then he was very happy and content in his home near to his brother, Nick and his family.



The dynamic duo of Tut and Doug were gratified to find how well Jo Watt and Hamish McInnes had organised the lecture at Ballachulish Village Hall. 

More than usual it was packed with climbers to hear Hamish introduce the lecture and for Doug and Tut to tell the audience of the climbs they had done justifying their participation on the 1975 Expedition to the South-West Face of Everest led by CAN's Patron, Sir Chris Bonington.

The £1,500 raised from ticket sales and teas were split 50:50 between CAN and the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team who were there in force. 

Tut, Hamish and Doug relaxing after a successful evening. 

Tut, Hamish and Doug relaxing after a successful evening. 


Paul Hodges has written to let CAN know that the total raised to date has already exceeded £6,000 and is still rising. This is the most fantastic sum and, on behalf of everyone at CAN, a big thank you to everyone who took part and helped raise these funds. 

Paul has written to remind us (and everyone!) that this year's fund raising will culminate once again in November when Doug Scott visits the Cafe to give his presentation ‘Up & About: The Hard Road to Everest’ - on Saturday 10th November at 8:00 pm. For further information and booking details click here

The Sherpa Heritage House, Khumjung

This exciting project has only been made possible through the vision of Pertemba Sherpa who is prepared to hand over his historic family home to be transformed into a living museum, conserving almost vanished Sherpa traditions for future generations of all nations. The House will be put into a  Community Trust, administered by Pertemba and his family, along with village elders, for the benefit of the whole community at Khumjung. 

Outside the Gompa and Sherpa Heritage House in Spring 2018. The image clearly shows the cracked and damaged walls of the Gompa and to the right the Heritage House. Salvaged stones and slates are in the foreground.

Outside the Gompa and Sherpa Heritage House in Spring 2018. The image clearly shows the cracked and damaged walls of the Gompa and to the right the Heritage House. Salvaged stones and slates are in the foreground.

More information can be found on the Projects Page of CAN's website by clicking this link.


Doug and Trish are always delighted to visit the Milarepa community for not only do they receive a warm welcome but the village headman, Namgan rewards their visit with a jar of honey extracted from combs in hives within the walls above the village. The honey is delicious!

Namgan, has supported his village over the years and, following the earthquake, generously donated land with the intention it would be used to develop a fruit plantation as part of an agricultural income generation scheme. 

A few days ago Murari sent through the images below to show that the Milarepa income generation scheme is moving forward. 

Patch of ground being prepared below the Health Post

Patch of ground being prepared below the Health Post

The land which is about 400 metres below the existing Health Post has been ploughed and will be planted with lemons (50 plants), oranges (55 plants), Pears (ten trees) and Avocados (ten plants). The images below show Namgan collecting the fruit tree order from a plant centre in Kathmandu.

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Namgan making the plant selection 

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Plants waiting to be collected

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Namgan preparing to return to Milarepa to begin planting


CAN's Patron Sir Chris Bonington, along with Doug and other supporters of the Sherpa Heritage House project, were invited to The Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration through their close involvement in helping Pertemba Sherpa restore his ancestral home in Khumjung.

When HRH Prince Charles undertook his first trek in Nepal, along the aptly named Royal Trek, he was guided by Pertemba Sherpa who, among his many accomplishments has climbed Everest three times including the first ascent of Everest by a British team in 1975. The team, which was led by Chris Bonington, put Doug Scott and Dougal Haston on top of the world - a mountaineering feat in its own right. 

Scroll forward three decades to 2006 when Pertemba undertook to preserve his ancestral home in order to save the culture and heritage of the Sherpas. He was very concerned that in a fast changing world younger generations of Sherpas would grow up without any knowledge of their old ways of living.

Pertemba donated his ancestral home, the oldest house in Khumjung, which is built in the traditional Sherpa style using slate and stone with carved doors, windows and furniture. The house comprises two wings joined at right angles to each other - the living wing for accommodation and the religious wing for prayer which also houses statues, sacred texts, Buddhist emblems and other artifacts. 

HRH Prince Charles agreed to be the Patron of the Sherpa Heritage House project and a fund raising committee, spear headed by Doug, Chris and Maggie Burgess was set up. Following a successful campaign sufficient funds were raised to enable Pertemba's home to be rebuilt (2012) as a living museum to reflect the old Sherpa lifestyle connecting the people, their livestock, their religion and the mountains. A second building, the nearby tea house was also renovated as the profits from this enterprise would go toward the upkeep and maintenance of the Heritage House. 

Buckingham Palace: The Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration. HRH Prince Charles with Sir Chris Bonington and Pertemba Sherpa.

Buckingham Palace: The Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration. HRH Prince Charles with Sir Chris Bonington and Pertemba Sherpa.

Sadly, during the 2015 earthquakes the Heritage House suffered severe damage but Pertemba was adamant he did not want there to be any restoration work until homes in his community had been rebuilt and friends and neighbours had roofs over their heads once again. This year, three years after the earthquake and following a substantial rebuilding of houses in Khumjung, Pertemba agreed to proceed and plans were drawn up and costed  - £185,000.

Following several very generous donations earlier this year there remains a shortfall of £39,000 and consideration is currently being given how to take the fund raising campaign forward.  Doug and Trish visited Khumjung last month and took the image below which shows the earthquake damage and the task ahead.  

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Michael Bromfield: Notes from a Nomad - Leonard Cohen and the Deaf Children at Bahrabise

Ever since Doug was approached 18 years ago by Bhoj Raj to build a school for deaf children all of us at CAN hold the Shree Sindu School for the Deaf at Bahrabise close to our hearts.

Over the years this development of a safe haven providing education, with a strong emphasis on the vocational element, has sparked interest from around the world. 

'Old' school building badly damaged in the earthquake on the left with the new classrooms and hostel accommodation on the right.

'Old' school building badly damaged in the earthquake on the left with the new classrooms and hostel accommodation on the right.

One of the school's most generous benefactors is Michael Bromfield who, through the generosity of his family trust. has supported the rebuilding to a very high specification. 

As well as wanting to give something back to a remote mountain community in gratitude for 30 years of walking in remote areas Michael also wanted to reflect the joy the singer, Leonard Cohen had brought him as Michael walked his way around the Himalaya. As a result the dormitory block has been dedicated 'In the memory of the Canadian Poet, Writer and Singer Leonard Cohen, Citizen of the world and an inspiration to so many' with two quotations from his songs below: 

"I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast and shattered it will reach you everywhere" 

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in"

Michael has written a very moving blog post which can be accessed here. Included in the blog are comments written by Doug following his recent visit in May 2018. 

Michael and Doug are pictured below at the Himalayan Trust's 10th Anniversary Lecture held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 23 May.



News came through earlier today (1 May) that Neil Laughton and the Everest Dinner 2018 team successfully hosted the world's highest black tie dinner party on the North Col of Everest at 7070m (23,129ft). 

Neil (standing) and the rest of the team at a rehearsal dinner at Everest Base Camp at the end of April. 

Neil (standing) and the rest of the team at a rehearsal dinner at Everest Base Camp at the end of April. 

Temperatures were considerably colder on the North Col, recorded at -25C (-13F), but the dress code of black tie and ballgowns was strictly obeyed. Everyone enjoyed a 3-course dinner prepared by Michelin starred chef, Sat Bains before toasting Her Majesty with GH Mumm champagne - just before it started to freeze! 

Doug will be congratulating the team personally when he meets them in Kathmandu on 5 May. 

Everest Dinner 2018 are raising funds for CAN, not just for the post-earthquake reconstruction work which is reaching completion, but also to help fund new initiatives in North Gorkha.  They have set a magnificent target of £100,000 for CAN so, for more information and to donate please click here: 

As fund raisers go to host a dinner party in the rarified atmosphere of the North Col is one of the more unusual and everyone at CAN is thrilled that everything has worked out and the team are safe and now on their way back to Kathmandu. With sincere thanks to everyone who not only took part but also has given their support. 


As we are sure many people are aware, with effect from 25 May 2018 new legislation will be in place - the General Data Protection Regulation. This means that much valued friends and supporters of CAN need to give permission for CAN UK to keep their name, addresses (email and postal) and personal details on our databases.

We want you to be able to continue receiving our newsletters and updates so please download CAN's  GDPR acceptance form - access here - and return it to the CAN office as soon as possible.

Your information is not shared with anybody else or used for any other purpose.




Phil Powell, CAN Trustee has organised two concerts in support of CAN with a wonderful quartet of musicians coming together to play contemporary choral works. With the organisation of these Concerts for CAN Phil has added 'impresario' to his many talents as he particularly wanted to showcase the stupendous talent of these musicians as well as bring the haunting music they play to a wider audience. Please come along and support this venture. 

The quartet of musicians include Swiss violinist and contemporary composer Paul Giger, counter-tenor David James, harpsichord artist Marie Louise Dahler and percussionist Pudi Lehmann. 

Paul Giger has worked as a soloist since 1983 playing Baroque, contemporary composition, improvisaton, jazz and music of diverse folk traditions. Paul is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso who has worked with Jan Garbarek, Pierre Favre and the Hilliard Ensemble. Six of his albums have been released on ECM who consider him to be "easily one of the greatest violinists of our time" and a composer who has "created some of the most haunting music to ever grace your ears."

David James, counter-tenor has enjoyed an international career as a soloist and ensemble singer. He was a founder-member of the Hilliard Ensemble performing medieval, renaissance and contemporary works by Arvo Part, James MacMillan and Jan Garbarek. 

Friday, 20 April: The CAMBRIDGE CONCERT will be held in Trinity College Chapel, CB2 1TQ and tickets can be booked through Cambridge Live

Cambridge Live contact number: 01223 357851

Time: 8:00 pm 

Saturday, 21 April: The OXFORD CONCERT will be held at SJE Arts based at St John the Evangelist Church on the Iffley Road, OX4 1EH. Tickets can be booked through Oxford Contemporary Arts.

Oxford Contemporary Music contact number: 01865 484777 and tickets: 01865 305305

Time: 7:30 pm 

Tickets will be available on the door at both venues. 

Proceeds from the concert will be for CAN. There is also the opportunity to purchase Himalayan mountain prints signed by Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Reinhold Messner and Stephen Venables


CAN is absolutely delighted to be able to report that their newest Trustee and WYG Senior Architect, Cara Buchan is a joint-winner of the Young Consultant of the Year Award and she received her accolade from HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, at the prestigious British Expertise International Awards 2018 ceremony on Thursday 12th April. His Royal Highness is President of British Expertise International (BEI).  

The BEI Award recognises the work of the best and brightest on the international stage and provides a platform for leading organisations in the professional services sector to showcase the most outstanding of their overseas projects.

As a Project Architect, Cara specialises in hazardous and challenging international environments, including post-disaster recovery and resilience. For the past eighteen months Cara has been fundamental to WYG's support for CAN's reconstruction in the rural Himalaya following the 2015 earthquakes. 

Cara has been overseeing the design of multiple projects, utilising UK and international seismic experience to provide technical scrutiny and quality assurance to CAN thus ensuring donor funding is spent appropriately and ethically. Throughout this work Cara has advocated for local vernacular architecture and building methods, sensitively incorporating architectural and engineering details to improve safety and resilience of her projects. 


BEI Award Ceremony 2018: From left to right - Paul Labbett, Cara Buchan and Glyn Utting 

BEI Award Ceremony 2018: From left to right - Paul Labbett, Cara Buchan and Glyn Utting 


The ceremony took place on the 24 March at the Hotel Annapurna in Kathmandu. With the Operations Director, Murari Gautam over in the UK for the Trustees' Meeting CAN was delighted that one of CAN's Project Managers, Sanjeev Singh was able to receive the Runners-up Award on behalf of CAN. 

Sanjeev receiving the UIAA Award from Mr Pier Giorgio Oliveti, UIAA Board Member, who joined the Board in place of retiring Board Member, Doug Scott. 

Sanjeev receiving the UIAA Award from Mr Pier Giorgio Oliveti, UIAA Board Member, who joined the Board in place of retiring Board Member, Doug Scott. 

Sanjeev made a short speech of thanks and showed a video of CAN projects which was well received. Also present were Frits Vrijlandt, President of the UIAA and Caroline Adler a member of the UIAA Mountain Protection Commission who were all very impressed with CAN's application and even suggested that CAN should make a further application in 2018. 

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The UIAA have published CAN's application for the award which is available here.


As the countdown to the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award nominations begins CAN is delighted to be the recipient of the award for Best Runner-Up 2017. The ceremony takes place at the Annapurna Hotel in Kathmandu on Saturday 24 March at 18:00. 

Quoting from the UIAA website: 

"The UIAA Mountain Protection Award (MPA) was created in 2013. During its six years of existence, the annual UIAA award has made a tangible difference to mountain lives, communities and the environment. 

The award has enabled people to raise finances to build key infrastructures, conduct vital research and fulfil pending goals; dually it has provided an international showcase and communication platform for projects to raise awareness and exchange ideas and initiatives. Not only has it supported local communities, it has fostered its own global community. 

CAN was judged to be the Best Runner Up in recognition of all the work it does helping to improve the lives of the mountain people of Nepal through the "development of 'grass roots' health posts, schools, community development and income generation projects".  

It is very fitting that the award ceremony for the 2017 is taking place in Kathmandu in the year when CAN has been judged to be a worthy runner up. Representatives from CAN Nepal will be present at the ceremony although Doug Scott, founder of the charity and former UIAA Management Committee member, is not able to be present. 


Murari Gautam, CAN Nepal's Operation' Director, is today - 9th March - on his way to the UK for a two week visit for talks with Doug and to meet CAN UK Trustees at their Spring meeting scheduled for Friday, 16th March. 

Murari making his farewells to his family before leaving home.  Have suitcase will travel!!!

Murari making his farewells to his family before leaving home.

Have suitcase will travel!!!

Murari with his wife and family before setting off for the airport and the UK

Murari with his wife and family before setting off for the airport and the UK

Joining Murari on his visit will be Keshab Adhikari, CAN Nepal's Project Engineer and Suman Thapa Magar, CAN Nepal's Project Sub-Engineer and Overseer.

Keshab is responsible for the building and maintenance of all CAN buildings and has worked with CAN Nepal for two and a half years. He has been instrumental in ensuring that all post-earthquake reconstruction work has been carried out in accordance with the 'Build Back Better' philosophy adopted by CAN. His progress reports have been a regular feature on CAN's website.

Suman has worked for CAN Nepal since August 2015 and has proved to be an invaluable member of the re-construction team bringing his own special skills to the process. 

As many of you know WYG have been generous supporters of CAN and have played an integral part through their provision of professional advice throughout the reconstruction period. As a result of their in-country visits Keshab and Suman have impressed the WYG team with their skills and wish to encourage and enhance them with further training in their UK offices during their stay this month.  


The fund raising evening, TREKKER'S TALES held in school on Thursday, 1st February was a great success and raised £650.00 for CAN. 

With many thanks to everyone who was involved - from ticket sellers to cake bakers to stall holders to story tellers this is a superb result - thank you.

Doug will be returning in the middle of November, Thursday 15th with Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite to lecture on The Hard Road to Everest - for more details click here.