Ain't no mountain high enough, not even Everest
WITH a medical history of multiple knee dislocations, many would think better of attempting to scale the highest mountain on Earth.
Not Brendan Beasley.
After leaving Brisbane on September 2, it took Beasley three separate flights to reach Lukla Airport - from where, accompanied by a guide, he started his ascent to Nepal Everest Base Camp.
"I'd been considering climbing Everest for quite some time," the Chinchilla chiropractor said.
"My goal was to conquer Everest Base Camp without a Sherpa (i.e carrying my own gear). This proved extremely trying on a number of steep days. You just had to keep putting one foot in front of the other and forget about your aching joints and [the] less than perfect weather."
Mr Beasley and his guide averaged eight hours a day of trekking, half of it through heavy rain, spending their nights in "tea houses" where very basic accommodation was purchased for a negligible fee, provided guests bought their meals there.
"After nine days of hard slog we reached Everest Base Camp," Mr Beasley said.
"The clouds cleared briefly and we managed to get some beautiful photos of the Himalayas standing at 5365m above sea level. We finally made it to the top."
But the journey wasn't over yet.
Once climbers reach Everest's summit, it takes a minimum of four more days to get down again.
"The descent is very hard on the knees, and with my history of three knee arthroscopes and multiple patella dislocations, I was feeling every step down," Mr Beasley said.
"It is a gruelling adventure and you need to be very committed to reaching the top.
"If you are craving a challenge, I would recommend giving Everest a go, but it's no walk in the park."