25 Women to ride to Everest Base Camp on their motorbikes
An Old Colwyn adventure motorcyclist has spent the last four years becoming the first UK woman to circumnavigate the world.
With this trek now well and truly in the rear-view mirror Steph Jeavons now has her sights set on another massive first in 2019.
Ms Jeavons is set to lead an all female team from Kathmandu to the Everest Base Camp, for the first time ever.
The team will cover 1500 miles across roads which will be tar and partly gravel but may change depending on conditions.
Speaking exclusively to the Pioneer, she said: “In September of this year I will be leading a group of 25 women on motorbikes from Kathmandu in Nepal into Tibet and up to Everest Base Camp.
“Our biggest challenge will be the altitude and the ever changing conditions. This expedition is a women only event and the first of its kind.
Steph Jeavons and the bike she will be riding to the Everest Base Camp. Photo © Steph Jeavons
“I am very excited about and we have women from all over the world joining us.
“I have never been to Tibet or Everest and I am very excited. I have run tours before. I used to run off road tours in Morocco where we would take customers into the Sahara.
“We have filled all 25 spaces and now have a waiting list so we may do it again next year.
“More and more women are taking on challenges like this and going for their dreams these days.
“The motorbike world has seen a massive increase in women in the last few years particularly. It’s wonderful.
“There will be tough days but the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment at the end makes it all worthwhile.”
This year is also set to see the release of Ms Jeavons’ book which will look in depth at her trek around the world.
She said: “The book will be a full fat version of my journey and the events leading you to it. What my motivation was and all the juicy details along the way.
“There may be a few surprises in there but I’m saying nothing until its published.
“Its taking almost as much effort to write it as it was to ride it, but I’m getting there and hope to have something out by next Christmas.”
Ms Jeavons is currently in Bulgaria working hard on her novel, having even spent Christmas there – her first since returning from her round-the-world trek.
The start of 2018, she said, had been an emotional roller coaster, following her return from her trek.
Ms Jeavons said: “Coming home was a mixture of emotions. Of course I was elated at first and really happy to see everyone and that I had achieved my goal. My dream.
“However, I must admit it wasn’t all wonderful. It did take some adjusting. I think the best way to describe it would be a sense of loss.
“I feel I went through a period of bereavement for the journey. After four years, it had become a way of life for me. I had always had that one goal in mind as well.
“Something tangible to work towards. I had a line to follow on the map. There was clear direction. When I got home everyone asked me ‘What next?’, but it would take some time to process everything.
“It wasn’t long before I was getting busy planning again though. That’s what I do best and keeping busy was key to moving on.”
But now she is working on her book and spent the rest of 2018 attending speaking engagements and running motorbike events all over the country, particularly in Wales.
Ms Jeavons said: “”I get to show people parts of Wales they may never have found.
“I am very proud of where I live and love showing people around. I’m still writing my book and speaking of course and I am looking into another challenge.”
Source: North Wales Pioneer