In Hong Kong Airport
I've set up this blog for all of those who are interested or curious to see how my Mt. Everest Base Camp trek unfolds (i.e. to see if I make it!) or just want to see some beautiful pictures of this amazing region.
I am now in an airport lounge at the Hong Kong airport ... on my way towards Everest! But for those who don't know how this started or why I, who have never done anything like this before or even hiked much since I was younger, jumped at this adventure ... let me explain.
3 months ago I found myself listening to Werner Berger, the oldest North American to summit Mt. Everest a few days short of his 70th Birthday ... and the oldest in the world to summit the 7 highest peaks on each continent. He mentioned that there were only 4 spots left on this trek he was leading to Everest Base Camp. This was only open to others, like myself, who were partnered with the same health company as Werner and I had heard that there were some pretty high profile and amazing (not to mention super successful) people coming on this trek. Spurred on by the excitment of my friend and business partner, Madalina, it took me all but 5 minutes to decide I was going. It was after this decision that I realized what I was getting myself into and I have to credit my mom for this - I've learned to say "yes" first and then work out the "how" after! Well, needless to say I had to get fit fast, especially as I've been somewhat blissfully avoiding this concept most of my life!
Anyways, fast forward to now ... only 3 months later and many daily training hikes and hours of hair-pulling shopping for gear, and I'm off! If you'd like to join me, I'm glad to share this with you by posting the progress and photos on this blog (I have been told that internet access is sporadic, though, but I'll try my best). I've posted some photos of my training hikes in the meantime (maybe just to brag about how beautiful Vancouver is!).
For those who don't know the details of the trek to Everest Base Camp, here's some insight:
Total days trekking: 19
Hours of trekking: 3-7 hours per day
Height of highest elevation we'll be trekking to: 5,545 meters (18,192 feet)
Oxygen levels at base camp: 50% oxygen compared to us in Vancouver!
Irina's concern about altitude sickness: relatively high but manageable!
I'll keep you all posted along the way!