A Louth woman described her challenging charity trek to the base camp of Mount Everest as the most gruelling, yet amazing experience of her life.
Not only that, but Tracy Salkeld, 51, has climbed to the total of £5,500 which she has raised for The Alzheimer’s Society, with more yet to come in.
Her epic journey was another crusade ticked off ‘Tracy’s Challenges’ list - after already undertaking theYorkshire Three Peaks as well as walks at Scafell Pike, The Lake District and the Ben Nevis Midnight challenge.
Tracy, who is a patron for The Alzheimer’s Society, commented: “Climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest took me 10 days to do and was the most gruelling, yet amazing experience of my life.
“From the minute I landed to coming home just a few weeks ago has been a whirlwind and it was one of the best adventures I have had to date. It has no doubt been my favourite challenge.
“Reaching base camp itself was hard work and very strenuous, but I was lucky to get no injuries and I had no problem with the altitude, so I didn’t need any oxygen either.”
Tracy added: “The views were absolutely stunning and the suspension bridges you had to walk across were some of the highest I have ever seen, and were the most terrifying moments for me.
“The challenge was an emotional and overwhelming journey for me. Once you reach your destination, it all hits home why you are doing it and it is something that I will never forget for as long as I live. I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat.
“But one of the main highlights for me was the following morning after reaching base camp. I was crazy enough to wake up at 2.30am and trek for another three and a half hours in freezing minus four temperatures to climb up to the mountain Kalapatha in order to catch the sun rise over Everest, the view was absolutely stunning. I remember crying and because of the sub zero climate, my tears turned to like a salt consistency because they had frozen.
“I would just like to say a huge thank you to all of my family, friends and my best friend Graham for all of their love and support, Adam Dalton at Kenwick Gym for training me, Amvale Coaches, King Edward VI Grammar School, Mick Slowey andMatt Le Voi.”
Tracey is now gunning to get planning her next challenge. What that will be is a case of wait and see.
You can still donate towards Tracy’s Challenges, with all the money going directly to the charity itself. Visit; http://www.tracyschallenges.co.uk.