NAME: Carol Mortier
HOMETOWN: Venice California
WHERE I’VE BEEN: I love to be active when I travel and just returned from a three-week trip to Nepal. For two weeks I trained nurses at the Transplant Hospital in Bhaktupor (near Kathmandu), and I spent my last week trekking around the Kathmandu Valley. Being 70 and retired I can volunteer my time and knowledge, get to know the local people, and enjoy some extra time in the country I’m visiting. I love to trail run, hike, ski, snow shoe and bike so wherever I am I stay active. At home in California I have twice hiked Mount Whitney in a day, run trail races such as Catalina Island, and skied the Sierras.
WHY I HIKE: I enjoy being out in nature, away from the big city noise and traffic, and can hike in the local mountains that are 30-90 minutes from my home. It’s a great way to see areas that are “off the beaten path.” I like that I can visit a far away place and pack a pair of hiking boots, a few items of clothing and a backpack and explore, minimal equipment required.
LEAD THE WAY: My 2019 plan is to hike coast to coast in England. The hike will cover 193 miles over 16 days with a few days in London at the start.