Nearing the end of part one.

I put aside 4 weeks to train in the mountains prior to the ascent of Everest for some very simple reasons.

The team I will be working with on Everest are pretty fit guys so I first of all don’t want to let them down and also the work I put into the pre expedition can only benefit my performance later on.

However, heading above 6000 to 8000metres is a different world and you never know how your going to react up there. So like a lot of things I do in life I try and cover as much as possible in the preparation so if things are not quite going to plan then at least I can live with the knowledge that I covered all angles.

Those high altitude moments are still a good 3 to 4 weeks away but it’s been on my mind from the second I signed up. The moment will come quickly too as no matter how hard you think or prepare the clock still ticks!

I’m now back in Namche Bazaar- the tri market village at 3400m. A hub of activity that trekkers / climbers long to to be in after a few weeks in the mountains. Hot showers and good food – in short comfort. Which is ok if your heading home but if your back up on the mountain in a few days and into the cold then for me it feels like I am weakening- stepping out of the zone.

I said the above to somebody today and they said you’ve worked hard, reward yourself and rest your body. Good words – it’s difficult to manage that sometimes when you work alone.

I was going to go the whole hog and get a massage but when I was in my first hot shower for 3 weeks last night I stretch my body and heard my spine “click click click” into place. That saved me a bit of money.

Health wise I feel great – super great. I know I need another 2 weeks of up and down mountains to be completely satisfied and I am also aware that once I start to work with the ascent team my fitness should increase more.

Remain a contender and never a champion is something I stick by as this keeps you hungry and focused. I have so much respect for the team I’ll be climbing with and the company ; Himalayan Ski Trek – complete professional.

So what am I doing now – this moment? Relaxing with a cappuccino listening to elevator music in a cafe over looking the snowy mountains as the sun beats down. In a few short days I will be up and down a few more mountains before meeting the education team who will be out on the 5 April. I’m really looking forward to seeing them which will turn my trip from solo to 8 people – with a fantastic diverse global education program that covers many more aspects than just our ascent – including a Space Program of all things. But more on that later.

Hello to my friends at the Monday Club in Coventry – partially sighted and blind friends from the local community- this blog will be turned into a Podcast for you and for other folk who share the same situation around the country – so you can walk shoulder to shoulder with me to Everest.

Also a big hello to Paul – Lisa Baker and George (FF) – the Drayson Foundation and Jon from the greatest rugby club in the UK along with the team at ELF – you guys put me here. I raise my cup of cappuccino to you all.

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

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