Over time we all tend to start creating some form of bucket list, this can be travel, life goals, achievements or even how we may picture out life in the future. One of my goals has always been to do Everest base camp, something about it appeals to me. The physical and mental challenge along with the rawness and unpredictability of the mountain is something that I just have to experience.
I have an aim that I want to complete it my the end of 2016, I’ve worked out it will either be March 2016 or December 2016. I have put it off for years and years, now is the time.
In my excitement over the weekend I have begun looking at trips (the easy part) and packing list recommendations (the hard part). I’ve seen that its easy to be taken away with ensuring everything is perfect and having the perfect equipment in the right quantities. I came across one simple forum post from a well seasoned veteran that read “3 merino wool shirts, a couple of pairs of pants and shorts, then a jacket”.
This was perfect, nice and concise and easy.I want this trip to be simple without the burden of carrying everything except the kitchen sink. As long as a don’t freeze to death, it’s not going to matter if I don’t have 4 Shirts, 4 Long shirts, 3 Jumpers, 5 Socks, 5 thermal socks etc. So with that in mind I’ve begun compiling my list.
I’ve seen that a lot of things can be hired in Kathmandu such as sleeping bags and jackets (around $1 a day). I don’t think this is such a bad option, as it’s unlikely I will need a -20c sleeping bag for a while or a few super thick down jackets (especially given that I normally travel to beach destinations).
So apart from the aforementioned items, I also need
- Windproof/Rainproof over layer
- Sunglasses (x2)
- Hat – Winter & Thermal
- Water Bottles (1x Metal & 1x 1x Hydration Bladder 2-3L)
- Trekking Poles
- Waterproof Backpack cover
- Gloves and Liners
- Day Pack
Along with some medicine supplies:
- Paracetamol / Cold and Flu’s
- Tiger Balm
- Cotton Tips
- Band Aids
- Water Purifying tablets
- Baby wipes
- Talcum Powder
This list will evolve and change overtime, but I think it’s a good solid foundation.
Now the fun part is buying it all and keeping an eye out for sales!
The next part is to get into training specifically for the trek, i’ve upped my Yoga training to more strength based poses and I’m going to begin hiking around Victoria shortly. This is in addition to my usual – Hockey, Dodgeball, Running and swimming. I’m thinking I should be suitably fit enough regardless of when I go.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress! Do you have any tips or hints?