Epic Everest Update #1

Epic Everest Update #1

Written by Brad Horn on Thursday, 03 April 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

It has been a pretty intense couple of months on the training front in preparation for the climb. I have continued doing what I ordinarily do; weights, swimming, cycling and running but have supplemented this with some more specific training. I have been doing 3 pack trekking sessions a week. At least one of those has been walking a nearby hill near my home, Gower St, with my pack on dragging a tyre. Ordinarily I do 15/16 repetitions of the hill which takes me I hour 30 minutes. Must say you get some pretty strange looks from people driving past. All up I have been investing upward of 4 hours or so a day in training.

For the past 6 weeks, I have also been partaking in some specific altitude training. This has involved a session a day for up to 1 hour 30 minutes in an altitude chamber cycling on a wind trainer. Recently I have been cycling at 5,000 metres. It is very interesting to see the effect on the body. When I first started training in the chamber, my oxygen saturations were sitting pretty low even at moderate altitudes (4,000-4,500 metres). In the past weeks my blood saturation levels have been improving. For the last week or so I have been cycling at 5,000 metres at effort and my sats are in the mid 70% range.

For the past few weeks I have been sleeping in an altitude tent. Basically, a machine dilutes the oxygen concentration in the tent (which is sealed) to get the oxygen percentage down. Ordinarily there is 21% of oxygen in the atmosphere, but with the tent you can dial this down to 13-14%.

Only 12 more days until I depart. More to come soon.

To view more about the Everest Expedition to raise money for charity visit our Everest page.

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Brad Horn

Brad Horn

By design and desire, a professional adventurer, Brad’s passion is wild and natural places.  This passion was nurtured growing up on a cattle station in Western Queensland and as an Australian Army Officer.  Brad then spent six wonderful years living in the African bush operating safaris.  Brad has developed enduring relationships with the best tour and resort operators around the world.  This network of contacts, combined with his extensive hands-on experience, ensures Epic Private Journeys delivers on an unrivalled experience.

Brad continues to guide select private groups to Africa throughout the year.

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