On a complete whim, having never trekked before, I made a slightly crazy decision to undertake a trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) at 5,380 m (17,600 ft) in the midst of winter! The average temperatures for this time of year are -14 degrees during the day and -20 at night.
On 29th January, I will be flying from Heathrow to Kathmandu, Nepal. Following a stunning early morning flight to Lukla ‘Gateway to the Everest region’ trekking will begin for 12 days, allowing for acclimatisation as oxygen levels will be 50% less compared to sea level. On reaching EBC on 8th February I will be flying the flag for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC). This is a huge honour for me and gives me real purpose.
I have been training with Mike Brake www.physicalpreparation.co.uk for the past 2 years but since September we have been focussing on specific conditioning, movement patterns and breathing techniques alongside performance based nutrition.
My feelings at this time fluctuate from feeling ready and confident to thinking that I’m not ready at all! I do realise that in doing such a challenge there are many elements that are unpredictable but in my heart I am happy that I have prepared myself to the best of my ability.
“Nothing can replace courage, a resounding motivation and that little bit of luck” (Edmund Hillary).