One Hell of a Walk – Base Camp Day

The wonderful guys who got us there.

The wonderful guys who got us there.

I know I’m jumping all over the place with my posts on my trek to Everest Base Camp and this one is totally out of sequence, but I’m writing them as they come to me, if I had to do it in order it may never happen. So today, maybe, is the one you’ve been waiting for.

Today was the day we had all been anticipating for months, the day that all thirteen of us  had been training for and the day that we expected great things from. Did it deliver? Overwhelmingly, yes.

Everest Base Camp had been my focus for the last eleven months, the planning and training had taken over my life for almost a year, every step I’d climbed, every track I’d walked, every kilo I’d carried in my backpack, were all aimed squarely at this day. I’d spent hours researching the clothing and the gear that I’d need, talking to others who had done the trek and sales people who knew the technical stuff about boots and hiking poles and water bottles. I’d agonized over how many t-shirts I should take and whether I’d be able to cope with the toilet facilities (or lack thereof) and I’d worried that my training wouldn’t be enough. I probably knew more than was good for me about Lukla airport and altitude sickness and those who had died on the mountain and  now here I was, only a couple of hours away from my goal.

The altitude had made me restless during the night, actually I had lain awake worrying about the lack of oxygen at nearly five and a half thousand metres and the possibility of breathing problems and the fact that I was alone with no one to keep an eye on me – not good thoughts in the middle of the night, and then I was awake before dawn listening to the sounds of other trekkers setting off early so I was a touch tired this morning. But then, this was nothing new. I was tired most mornings.

It was a glorious Sunday morning as we set off with the sun reflecting off the high peaks above Gorak Shep.

It was one hell of a walk along the ridge from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp but this day gave us some of the most stunning scenery and views of the most majestic mountains that we had experienced. It was difficult to watch where our feet were going when our heads were continually veering to the right to gaze at the continuous panorama.

How did I feel when I finally achieved my goal?

Overwhelmed.

Arriving at Base Camp was a very emotional moment for me and inevitably the tears flowed. It had been hard, at times more than hard. I’d struggled, I’d cried and I’d laughed but I’d also been determined. Determined to achieve the goal I set myself almost a year ago. I wasn’t going to give in.

Here’s just a part of what we saw that day and what I think probably had a deep effect on all of us.

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  1. Amazing photos!

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    • Thanks – it was difficult to get a bad photo in that landscape.

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  2. Stunning photos. It brought memories of crossing Thorung La (5416m) in Annapurna – the lack of oxygen and the sleepless night before the final push; and also the worry beforehand about the effects that the altitude might have… I loved reading this!

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    • Thanks Suzi – it’s funny how you start to forget those worrying and difficult bits and just remember the good times and the accomplishments.

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  3. I’m so proud of you…a bit of envy too, climb that mountain, do it!

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    • Thanks but we can all achieve if we set our mind to it – we all climb our own mountains.

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  4. Incredible achievement and just fantastic photos. Thank you for sharing it with us

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    • Thanks Pauline, I think it’s only just starting to sink in, where I’ve been and what I’ve done and part of it is in sharing with you all.

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      • It will be a memory you will have for ever, I still clearly recall the amazing places I have seen. I did not see where you have been so I am loving seeing your photos

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  5. What an amazing experience and accomplishment! Thanks for taking us along with you on your journey, both the physical and emotional. I can’t wait to read more.

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    • Thanks, you were all behind me through all of the preparations, I really appreciate that and am glad you’re enjoying the photos :-)

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