Day 8 Base Camp

Today has been the most challenging yet for the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge team.

It was the first night for the team sleeping in a tent.  Temperatures got down to -15 degrees.  The challengers had ice inside the tent, it was so cold their water and wee bottles froze up inside their tents and they had very little sleep.

Ben Harvey said “It is incredible coming up to Base Camp.  Seeing Everest for the first time is an overwhelming experience.”

“The first night got to -15 degrees.  I had lots of challenges.  I couldn’t fit into my sleeping bag which meant a lot of trial and error.  I had to pull my jacket and sleeping bag up to my face.  I really had to adjust and I think that is something that is going to come out of this challenge.

“We are going to have to adapt, be versatile and also not be afraid to ask for help.  This morning I had to come and speak to the experts, ask them what I could do and they said I did the right thing which was good.

“The toilets are a hole in the ground and we are having to overcome the western comforts we are used to. It’s such a humbling experience to be here, understanding what this mountain represents, understanding the sacrifices we are having to make leaving our friends and family behind but mentally and physically, it hits you like a ton of bricks.

“It’s giving me a feeling of more determination.  Whatever is thrown at me, you pick yourself up and come back for more.  We are feeling strong.  Onwards and upwards!”

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