You may not be able to move mountains, but they can move you. Standing at the top of the world after an extremely challenging climb can be a profound experience.
Warning Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
Step 1: Start saving Start saving your pennies – climbing Everest is not only a challenging expedition, but also an expensive one. You'll need about $60,000 to make your dream of standing at the top of the world a reality.
Step 2: Get in shape Get in shape by running 5 to 10 miles a day, preferably uphill, for at least 12 months prior to your climb. Lift weights to build your upper body strength.
Step 3: Practice Practice on an easier mountain – both to build your experience and confidence, and to get your body used to exertion at high altitudes.
Tip Take a course that teaches the skills involved in ice and mountain climbing.
Step 4: Join an expedition Join an expedition when you are ready to tackle Everest. This will be a large portion of your expense, but some of your equipment is provided and climbing with a group makes for a safer experience.
Step 5: Purchase gear Purchase all the gear that your expedition does not provide. This will include clothing, boots, sleeping bags, and more.
Step 6: Prepare mentally Prepare yourself mentally. Visualize a successful climb, while understanding how hard it is going to be physically and mentally.
Tip Pack on some pounds before you go, as you could drop up to 20 percent of your weight over the course of the climb.
Step 7: Get started Tackle the mountain. Conserve your energy and your oxygen for the long haul, follow best safety practices, and stick with the group.
Step 8: Brag about it Brag to anyone who will listen. You’ve been to the top of the world and lived to tell about it.
Did You Know? Erik Weihenmayer climbed Mount Everest in 2001 – becoming the first blind man to scale the mountain.