Preparing For Nepal

As I wind down to the final three weeks before I leave for Nepal and begin my Trek to Everest, I’m also trying to wind down my preparations for the trek. Both my “to-do” and “to-buy” lists have grown very short, and are nearing completion. My training is finally getting close to hitting full stride. And, perhaps most importantly, the stress and worry about the trip has mostly evolved into excitement and positive anxiety.

I spent some time this weekend taking an inventory of everything I have so far. Seeing it all spread out across my bedroom, I was surprised by how much stuff there was there. Not because it was so much, but because it didn’t seem like all that much stuff. This was all I needed to spend three weeks in Nepal hiking to base camp at Mt. Everest? I’m sure my opinion will change when I glance over at our team of yaks in a few weeks, but right now it seems like a light load.

I have all the major pieces now, expect my duffel bag. Now that I have a clearer picture of how much stuff I need to pack, I’m better prepared to make that purchase this weekend. Beyond that, it’s all pretty minor. Mostly stuff like sun block, trail munchies, cough drops, and so on. The major gear is all bought and ready to go!

My training got sidelined for a couple weeks do to an unpleasant case of bronchitis, so I have some concerns about my fitness levels. But I’m digging into the training routine now, and I have two full weeks before I leave with nothing else to do but train. So I’ll be out almost every day during those two weeks hitting the trails long and hard!

Finally, I’ve gotten myself in a much better state mentally. I was feeling pretty stressed out and even overwhelmed for a while there, I was very, *very* close to bailing on the whole thing just a few short weeks ago. I can’t claim I’m not still a little nervous about it, but that’s to be expected. This is a major undertaking, quite frankly, it’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. But I’m much more excited about and looking forward to it. I’ve started counting days out of anticipation rather than dread. Man, I can’t wait until I’m stepping out of the airport in Kathmandu, bags in hand, and ready to finally being my adventure.