Express friendship

Blinking back tears overlooking the Himalayan landscape, as hail danced on the mountaintop, I tried to figure out who to hug first. Charlotte, who walked beside me and whose stories had me in stitches; Hope, whose morning chat made my week of 5.30am starts far less painful; Lydia, who had inspired me with the way she tackled her anxiety head-on; or Hattie, with whom I had an overwhelming amount of common ground? Maybe Caitlin, who I truly admired? Or Polly? Or Beth? Or Frankie, who had led us?

There were 25 of us on that mountain – and I wanted to scoop up each person and hold them as tightly as I could. I wanted to share that precise moment with them – when, after three days of trekking through the Indian Himalayas, we reached the summit of our highest peak. It was the equivalent of climbing Ben

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