Hello to all the Team at Sydney Altitude Centre,
I just wanted to contact you all to express my sincere thanks to each of you for your support of my recent trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, your professional supervision of my altitude training program and preparation in the lead up to my trip and the many words of advice and useful tips that I received from you all with regards to mental preparation, re-alignment of my diet to suit and support the altitude training program and organisation of other complimentary external training sessions to ensure that I gave myself the very best chance of reaching base camp.
Having had no real experience at altitude other than skiing in States and Canada, I was nervous as to how my body would react to the Himalayas. Trekking to Everest Base Camp had been a goal of mine and once the opportunity arose to join a group of Women on this adventure, I jumped at the chance. I had heard that Altitude training was “supposed” to help. I happened to mention this to my husband and was extremely fortunate to receive a gift voucher for 20 training sessions at the Sydney Altitude Centre for Christmas.
Whilst initially this was a bit daunting, I will be forever grateful for this training. I made it to Everest Base Camp and achieved my goal. It was the trip of a lifetime.
Did the Altitude Training really help? Personally, I am 100% convinced that it got me over the line or up the mountain. I was physically very fit as a result of my combined training program, however, training at altitude most definitely expedited and added another level to my cardio fitness and preparation. By the end of my program at the Sydney Altitude Centre, I was belting out 30 mins on the stepper in K2 at 4800 metres followed by 30 mins on the bike – easily.
Aside from the physical fitness, where the Altitude training really helped me was with the mental preparation for the personal challenge of reaching EBC. I knew that I had exercised at full pace at an altitude of 4800m. I knew I could do that before I left. So, on day 1 and at each point when we jumped to a considerably higher altitude and I felt severely nauseous, had a cracking headache and wondered if I would make it, I reminded myself that I had done this before and I most certainly could do it again. I also knew how my body responded to altitude, so really felt in tune with my body and the reactions I experienced along the way. I knew what to expect at certain points of the journey. This was such a help and very reassuring as we all struggled with the symptoms of being and climbing at altitude.I also knew from training at the Altitude Centre, that once my body adapted to the new height, it would then settle quickly and I would be ok. My training at the Altitude Centre gave me such a level of confidence and self-belief that I would indeed make it to the top.
Unfortunately, not all members of our party made it to EBC. However 3 of us who had trained at Altitude training centres were all successful. Considering the pace at which we climbed and the height we reached. The symptoms that I experienced were tolerable in comparison to some of my team mates.
There is nothing in the world like the feeling of being on top of a mountain and surrounded by so many other stunning mountains. I am so glad and so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience this feeling and the incredible sense of achievement that goes with reaching a personal goal.
I have the team at Sydney Altitude Centre to thank for helping me experience such a success.
Throughout the 10 week program at the Sydney Altitude Training centre, each of the team members expressed such a keen interest in my goal and my progress along the way. Always attentive to the way my body was responding on a day-to-day basis. Always ready with nutritional advice and other expert advice and tips as to how to deal with altitude, what to do if you feel like this etc etc.
Apart from being a really fun place to train amongst a group of highly motivated and extremely interesting people with a huge range of personal goals, the level of professionalism showed to each and every client at the Sydney Altitude Centre is second to none.
I would highly recommend an altitude training program to anyone planning a trip or adventure at altitude at Sydney Altitude Training. I’ll certainly be back when I decide on my next mountain to climb!
With sincere thanks