Dartmouth firefighter completes trek to Mount Everest base camp after 4 years of waiting – Halifax

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A firefighter from Dartmouth, N.S., has spent the final eight days strolling by muddy paths and throughout bridges to get to the Mount Everest base camp in Nepal.

“The general view of the Himalayas is unbelievable and onerous to explain — past breathtaking,” mentioned Andrew Maggio in an e-mail, who reached the camp on Sunday. 

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He was capable of see the bottom and the highest of Mount Everest, however the remainder of it was obscured by a few of the different mountains within the space.

“Seeing the campsites of the particular climbers off within the distance is spectacular as there have been so many because the month of Might is the beginning of the height climbing season for these trying the summit,” mentioned Maggio.

‘Widening my view of the world’

The bottom camp is an opportunity for hikers to get to see Mount Everest up shut, however to really climb the mountain, an costly climbing allow is required from the Nepal authorities.

“I really feel that I benefited from the entire expertise by widening my view of the world and studying about different cultures,” mentioned Maggio, who has been planning on doing the hike ever since 2015.

He mentioned he was impressed to do the hike by a former co-worker.

“She and I each booked our journey by G Adventures for Might 2015, however after the tragic earthquake that struck Nepal in April of that 12 months, we have been compelled to cancel our plans,” Maggio mentioned.

Getting ready for the trek

Joyful Mom’s Day from the Mount Everest base camp on Might 12.

Andrew Maggio/Fb

“It wasn’t till this 12 months that I had each the time and sources to observe by with my authentic plan,” he added.

For the final couple of months, he has been getting ready for the journey bodily.

Maggio mentioned that he feels lucky that Halifax’s fireplace division “encourages a wholesome life-style.”

“All of the stations have a treadmill together with another health gear. Every shift… I might attempt to get a brief strolling exercise in on the treadmill whereas carrying both a weighted vest or my climbing backpack loaded up with some weight.”

He’s additionally a part-time main care paramedic with Emergency Well being Providers’ Floor Ambulance Providers and has been with them for eight years.

Overcoming challenges

Maggio mentioned his greatest problem in doing the trek was making an attempt to regulate to the altitude. Usually, folks would get complications or nausea as oxygen ranges reduce at excessive elevations.

“I did discover it a little bit of a battle to catch my breath till I may get myself into a snug tempo and management my respiration,” Maggio mentioned.

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“Additionally, staying hydrated is absolutely necessary for serving to forestall altitude illness. The problem there was until we have been shopping for bottled water, we needed to deal with the water that we might fill our reusable bottles up with.”

Maggio mentioned he’ll be having fun with the remainder of his journey in Nepal and that he’s planning to go onto new adventures.

“I’m very fascinated with visiting Cambodia to see Angkor Wat temple in addition to travelling to Africa to hike Kilimanjaro in addition to discover Victoria Falls throughout the dry season so I can wade out to the sting of the falls in what’s often called the Satan’s Pool.”

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