The most frequent question I get when people hear I am planning on trekking to Everest Base Camp is: are you nuts? Generally, the answer that one is: YES, but not in a bad way. The second most frequent question is: how do you train for that? It’s a good question. One I have asked myself a lot. Especially since I live at sea level, or thereabouts.
The answer is pretty simple: HILLS. And lots of them. Or stairs. Or hills and stairs. Lather, rinse, repeat. Add in some weight training sessions, spin classes, a variety of hikes, and finally a healthy dose of yoga to undo all the kinks created by the hills, stairs, cardio and weights.
My fellow wanderer and I have discovered hidden treasures, amazing parklands and an endless supply of new neighbourhoods in our city while training for our trek. I honestly thought the training was going to be a chore, but it’s been great hiking the city in blizzards, crossing frozen creeks and trying to find every last hill in the city.
And on that note, I’m off to spin class ….