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I have a question for you; If you were on borrowed time, would you attempt your life-long dream? What would you sacrifice to achieve this goal? Are you willing to die having left anything undone? I can’t explain this urge, the desire to inspire and push my body and mind to the very limits. I believe everything I have worked so hard to achieve in life has led me to this very moment where I am about to risk it all to achieve my dream – to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest! Read More

Why attempt to summit Everest?

“Because It Is There” George Mallory.

Well for me, there are many more reasons why.

  1. I failed to descend from Base Camp back in 2019 due to pulmonary and cerebral edema. I am curious to know if my body can overcome these effects of high altitude.
  2. I have experienced many things in my life and have often caught myself saying, ‘I’d love to try and summit Everest.’ Why not? I cannot find any good reason why I shouldn’t give it a go.
  3. I love the freedom felt in the high mountains – so far away from the stresses of everyday life.
  4. I love a challenge – this one is a real challenge as I have no idea if my body is capable of functioning at high altitude, it’s not like I can practice exerting myself at 8-9000m. It is an unknown.
  5. I have always lived on the edge and enjoy the adrenaline of danger & risk.
  6. I have some other very big plans for the future however I was told recently “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone (or not attempted)’
  7. I want to inspire people to attempt things they’re not sure they can achieve; the journey is a bigger part than the result. Failure to me is not having a go.
  8. In a strange way, I like to suffer. I don’t always enjoy the easy life. I want to experience the freezing, lack of oxygen, head-spins, blurry vision, no hot water, showers, change of clothes, electricity, make-up, or high heels etc. if I could live two hundred years ago, I’d be very happy!
  9. Preparation: I enjoy any type of preparation, especially when it is something completely new. I need a harness, boots, crampons, ropes, carabiners etc then I need to learn how to rock-climb and use the equipment.
  10. Adventure!

Everest Base Camp – Call Me Crazy!

I’ve always wondered how people can actually DIE while attempting to summit Mount Everest ‘BASE’ Camp!

Well, now I know. If you missed the blog I wrote about my ‘near death experience’ after conquering Mount Everest Base Camp – you can find it here: My EBC Death Zone

Relaxing at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Kathmandu.

What happened to me after I was helicoptered back to Kathmandu? I was taken directly to a large hospital (my 3rd hospital for the day) where I had some tests done; blood tests, chest X-ray etc… I was released at around 6pm and checked into the Crown Plaza hotel for what I thought would be a nice 3-4 days rest before the group had descended the mountain by foot. Unfortunately, I woke up the next morning with a HUGE bump on my neck. I jumped in a cab and went straight back to the hospital. The same doctor who had released me the night before was there ✔

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My EBC Death Zone

Resting on the way back to our lodge after reaching EBC!

Two days ago I reached Mount Everest Base Camp with relative ease and then, some hours later, I literally nearly lost my life. I honestly thought it was over and interestingly; I had only positive thoughts about the wonderful life I have lived.

I’ve decided to share my near death experience with you, as accurately and honestly as I can – with the ambition to share a heroic story about two strangers, fighting harder than I was even willing to fight – to save my life.

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CONQUERING MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP

Mount Everest Base Camp – Conquered!

Gorakshep – BASE CAMP – Gorakshep: 6.28km.

Starting Altitude: 5,190m.

Finishing Altitude: 5,394m.

Elevation Gain (Not Difference): 222m.

Moving/Trekking Time: 2hr31min

Average Heart Rate: 137 bpm.

Max Heart Rate: 164 bpm.

Blood Saturation 1hr Pre Trek: 55%

Blood Saturation 1hr Post Trek: 37%

WOW! I just conquered Everest Base Camp!

What can I say? I’m proud to have made it to Mount Everest Base Camp! Was it easy, well no…. but also, it wasn’t as demanding as I thought it would be! There were many days I felt we should keep trekking – as we were often done by 1pm and apart from the chest infection, I felt strong!

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