This May, a group of Saskatoon adventure seekers will be leaving the flatlands of prairies and making they way to the tallest mountain in the world, Everest.
When my fellow Death Racer Heather proposed the idea of a group trekking through Nepal, I thought the opportunity was just too good to pass up. 24 days of hiking through the mountains of Nepal, from Lukla to Base Camp and back, talk about a dream come true. So while the rest of the Saskatoon group will be flying out of Vancouver, April and myself will be leaving from London and meeting them in Katmandu.
When our leader Tami proposed the idea of doing the Everest marathon (which just happens to be on while we are there), I thought the opportunity was just too good to pass up. Starting at Base Camp and finishing in Namche Bazaar, this will be the first year the marathon is opened internationally. And being highest marathon in the world, attitude and terrain will definitely be challenging but luckily I have two strong runners, Danny and Clint that will be running along my side.
Our Nepal group will be holding a fundraiser event on March 22nd with all proceeds going to the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada. In case you are not familiar with Sir Edmund, he was the first person to summit Everest, and since has created foundation to give back to the people of Nepal, helping build schools, hospitals. Unfortunately Sir Edmund passed away last week, but his foundation and dream for better life for the Nepal people lives on.
Back at our first meeting discussing the trip, Tami made a comment that really sold me on going. Having been there several times, she initially went for the mountains, but now returns for the amazing people of Nepal. Going to be an exciting trip!