277 DAYS TO GO UNTIL I DEPART FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP! I'm working on a checklist or "to do" thingy. There are so many things coming up, but the ongoing theme is train, train, train. Just a few examples of "to do" items:
- Buy clothing and equipment. I can't skimp here! Damn, the sleeping bag (0 degrees, at least) can cost $600 or more! They're not called "mummy bags" for nothing. Tending to be a little claustrophobic, I'm going to have to have a few trial runs on that one!
- Hike at altitude. I'm practically at sea level here (341 feet, to be exact) so I've got to get some elevation!
- Continue my mantra: "EverEST, EverEST, EverEST...."
- Watch as many scary videos of climbing the mountain as I can find, then chant my new mantra: "Base CAMP, Base CAMP, Base CAMP..."