A year ago, if someone told me that I would end 2016 at Everest Base Camp, I would never have believed them! Part of my journey last year was about simplifying my life – not adding enormous challenges that I wasn’t sure I could accomplish!
But there you have it – an invitation to join my cousin on a 2-week trip to Nepal where she aimed to reach Everest Base Camp for the second time. To be honest, I was quite curious – I had absolutely no clue where Everest actually was. Or what “Trekking to Base Camp” actually meant. I had also watched the Everest movie and can assure you that there was no way on God’s green earth that I was going to try and reach the summit!
A few hours (and a few drops of Rescue Remedy later), I sat down at my computer and began to research the trip. Firstly, Everest Base Camp is where those planning to summit Everest are based during their acclimatisation time prior to summiting. Secondly, I would just have to walk (not climb). Thirdly, the altitude is pretty high at 5,600m above sea level. Which meant nothing to me at the time – but apparently it was high enough that some people got altitude sickness and had to be taken down by helicopter. Riiiight.
I then entered into this weird headspace where I found myself actually wanting to go – which was alarming in itself. I mean, I’m not sporty. At all. I had one year of Boot Camp under my belt – but being able to do 30 squats in a row would not help me much on this trip. Nor, ironically, would those dreaded “Mountain Climbers” be of much use. So why on earth was I even THINKING about it?CONTINUE READING