Phase 1 of 4

Four weeks ago I took a Jeep ride from Kathmandu to Pablo which is a 3 day walk south of the Lukla airport. I have documented the trip as much as possible and at times I have really had to dig deep to get through the days. The result is I feel pretty much ok. I’m now sitting back in Lukla awaiting some of our guys to come in over the next 2 days. It will be nice to see some familiar faces so I can at least say hello before they head off for their own preparation.

In my head things seem pretty straight forward for the next two months but if there is anybody out there who is following this ( I know my dogs are so that’s two at least) then here is a basic breakdown. I see this 3 months of time spent in the Himalayas split into 4 phases.

Phase One

My own personal training based around my own understanding on how fit I need to be to climb to camp one on the first Everest approach. Meaning, if I can reach there ok then my fitness will slowly continue to improve. My general expedition fitness is usually for Polar work so fat is required – however for this I needed to drop weight and work as high as possible which is around 5550m with out needing a climbing permit. Anyway, this phase is now over and I am pleased with how I feel – my concern was I would do too much and literally Peak to soon – but I still have reserves.

Phase Two

On the 5 April what I am calling the education team are coming out to Lukla. Over 14 days we will trek to Everest Base Camp and back along with kick starting the education programme. I won’t go into details as it will all unfold over the two weeks but you will see all of what we do on Facebook / Instagram and on the Podcasts.

Phase Three

This is the ascent of Everest itself. I will be continuing the education programme and the education team in the UK will be adding to the content as we go along. In 2013 when we attempted Everest we ran a full programme to the summit and it was too much to do so this time I am spreading out the programme itself so I can focus on trying to reach the summit.

Phase Four

This is the most important phase. I or should I say we aim to come home safely. I know my two dogs will be happy about that…woof!

Note: all International Scouts and schools involved with the 8848 Expedition- when I arrive home the education programme doesn’t stop and we have a surprise announcement at the summit of Everest so like me – remain focused.

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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