The Training Plan
We have climbs scheduled in the Europe, Russia and Nepal, funding permitting, to help us prepare for our attempt on Mt. Everest. Each of the peaks we've selected will help us prepare for a different aspect of our goal.
We hope you'll follow each of our ascents on Facebook and here to hear about our successes, setbacks and what we'll learn about climbing with an amputations. We hope you'll choose a climb and become personally involved the effort, perhaps with a contribution.
Mt. Blanc Training
At 4,809 meters (15,777 ft.) Mt. Blanc provided sufficient altitude to discuss the signs, symptoms and mitigation of altitude illness. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) due to less oxygen in the air, is the mildest form of the condition. It is also a warning sign for more deadly forms of altitude sickness (See Risks and Solutions). AMS may be caused by strenuous exercise or ascending too quickly. More than 500 meters (1600 feet) of elevation gain in a day can cause it. We've been susceptible to AMS during all of our climbs.
The ridgelines on Mt. Blanc are also very exposed, which gave us a good opportunity to refine our Rope Team travel techniques.
At 6,476m / 21,247 ft., Mera Peak also helped us prepare for high altitudes. Although this is considered a trekking peak, it still requires technical skills. It was the first climb we made with Hari's new sockets and prostheses. In our previous work, it was clear that his sockets and gear were not ready for Everest.