For those who don’t know, our Managing Director Brendon Cook is set to hike to the Everest base camp on the 23rd April. Flying to capital of Nepal, Brendan and his friend will endure a 4-hour trek straight upon landing to embark upon their journey, in which they will be gone for just over 2 weeks.
It takes an average of 8 days to reach the camp, which is situated 130km away from the starting point at Lukla airport.
There is no doubt that climbing to the foot of the world’s highest mountain poses multiple risks – from altitude sickness and fatigue to adverse weather conditions. Although picturesque and one of the most remote parts of the world, it is not a destination for faint-hearted tourists. Roughly 30,000 people attempt to reach the base each year, with just 60% succeeding.
The challenge requires a good level of fitness, something that Brendon has been preparing for by working out as many mornings as possible to improve his cardio. For the last few months, he has been training so intensively that he has even been awarded ‘member of the month’ at his gym for the month of January. As for altitude sickness – little can be done to avoid this, apart from keeping a slow pace, taking rests and keeping hydrated.
People from around the globe choose to trek Everest for a multitude of different reasons. Personal accomplishment and physical gain are one of the most common incentives, however for Brendon the main purpose is to raise money for the devastating loss caused by the Australian bush fires.
Over 2000 homes and 1.25 billion animals lost their lives in the catastrophic fires. Vast amounts of the koala population have been wiped out and the surviving few will spend their foreseeable future in captivity. Nearly 18 million acres of land and wildlife has been destroyed, making it an inhabitable place for the rescued animals to return to.
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