Mandy Moore reaches Mount Everest Base Camp
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Mandy Moore reaches Mount Everest Base Camp

Mandy Moore celebrated at Mount Everest’s base camp in Nepal after successfully completing a grueling trek.

 

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There is so much magic in these mountains. They represent adventure in the grandest form and in a language all their own. The idea of standing at the base of the world’s tallest peak with @eddiebauer, a brand that has been outfitting record-setting climbers since the beginning – from the first American ascent in 1963 (Jim Whittaker) to our guide @melissaarnot, the first American Woman to ascend and descend Everest without oxygen, is truly beyond my wildest imagination. Traversing this terrain has its challenges. Breathing at altitude, for instance, is not easy. One of the greatest gifts/lessons that Melissa simultaneously bestowed on us during this trek was the fine art of pressure breathing. It makes all the difference as you climb higher. It’s essentially a big inhale and a sharp, forceful exhale, like you’re blowing out a candle across the room, to open up your lungs, allowing you to use more oxygen, etc… Besides hydration and staying nourished, breathing is THE vital key in the fight against altitude sickness. It’s also a major takeaway that I will be employing back to the real world whether I’m in the midst of a tough workout or a weird day. Mind blown. So as we weaved around the Himalayas from 14,400ft-16,200ft-17,600ft: this particular technique was essential in propelling us forward. Needless to say, this part of the world holds a very special place in @melissaarnot’s heart so her willingness to share it, as well as her time, knowledge and endless trove of stories were so appreciated by all of us lucky enough to walk alongside her this past week. Her belief in our abilities to keep moving and ultimately make it to the base of the Mighty, Mighty Mt. Everest was so powerful. Spoiler alert: we made it!!! It’s impossible to be lucky enough to arrive at the foot of these mammoth peaks and not be attuned to the palpable energy of all of those who came before and lost their lives in these mountains. The wave of emotion: respect, reverence, appreciation….that washed over us as we took in the prayer flags and yellow domed tents of basecamp AND sat on the rocks regarding the chortens that dot the hillside of the Tukla Pass the day before, profoundly

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There’s no way to distill this experience down to a few sentences. There’s no way to encapsulate what coursed through our veins and brains living in the mountains this past week. It will come in time. I think I’m slowly learning that I feel most like me when I’m outdoors. It’s couldn’t be any more outside my every day realm and yet there’s something entirely refreshing about being tasked with nothing more than breathing and slowly putting one foot in front of the other. One thing I know for certain is that this trip was what it was thanks in large part to the company. Being able to adventure alongside those you love deeply (@streicherhair, @chaseweideman, @thejendaltonshow) and new friends alike (@starfire_reid, @julianapse, @tyler__reid, @sherpatseringdolker), is an absolute gamechanger. We shared everything: laughs, toilet paper, snacks, skincare, the silly songs that got stuck in our heads, milk tea, selfies, the “happy naturals”, etc…. all the makings of a quality trip to the most remarkable place any of us have ever been. I’m also left inspired by the collective perseverance this group had to help each other every step of the way and to watch as we all met this shared goal of reaching base camp together is something I’ll never forget. Thank you to our friends at @eddiebauer for making this happen! And to the true MVP of this trek, @melissaarnot: thank you for sharing such a substantial piece of yourself and this second home of yours with us. It’s every bit as magical as you described: Your expertise, your stories, your wisdom, your belief in us…. set the tone for this entire experience…. The funny thing is, Melissa kept mentioning this idea of meditating and making goals while we were in the midst of the “pain cave”. It’s easy to daydream and make big plans when you’re down at sea level but it’s a much taller order to do it while in the grips of something truly difficult. Message received. I dug deep while in the midst of all of those pressure breaths and made a mental list of things that scared me but I was anxious to tackle. Now that I’m back on solid ground, I can’t wait to home and get to it. #whyihike #ebpartner

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The This Is Us star achieved her goal on Sunday (26May19) after spending more than a week hiking through challenging terrain with a trio of friends, including experienced Alpine guide Melissa Arnot.

She documented their victorious moment with an Instagram photo, in which Mandy and her pals jump for joy with their arms outstretched in triumph at the top of the world.

“There is so much magic in these mountains,” she captioned the image. “They represent adventure in the grandest form and in a language all their own.”

Moore admitted reaching base camp was beyond her “wildest imagination”, before reflecting on the tough journey they had faced to get there.

She explained, “Traversing this terrain has its challenges. Breathing at altitude, for instance, is not easy… Besides hydration and staying nourished, breathing is THE vital key in the fight against altitude sickness. It’s also a major takeaway that I will be employing back to the real world whether I’m in the midst of a tough workout or a weird day. Mind blown.”

The group was later taken via helicopter back to Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu to wrap up their adventures.

The 35 year old set her sights on reaching Everest’s base camp last year (18) after conquering Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in April, 2018.

“I would love to do Everest base camp, because I’m very much into the hiking and climbing now,” she told U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at the time.

Meanwhile, another mountaineer has died after summiting Everest, bringing the death toll for the 2019 climbing season to 11 people.

American attorney Christopher John Kulish, 62, died on Monday (27May19) after reaching the top of Everest on the Nepalese side of the mountain.

Mountaineers claim difficult weather conditions and the growing commercialisation of expeditions, which have led to lines of people waiting longer than usual to reach the summit, are contributing factors to the deaths.

Earlier this month (May19), crowds of climbers became stuck in a queue to the summit, above the mountain’s highest camp in an area known as the “death zone”.

Many inexperienced climbers have suffered severed altitude sickness awaiting their final climb.

– Cover Media

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