This Is Us star Mandy Moore is sharing her experience in ticking a box on her bucket list by making it to the Mt. Everest Base Camp despite the upsurge in deaths this past week.
People Magazine says that Moore, 35, spent over a week making the trip through the Nepalese terrain to make it to the Everest Base Camp, which is 17,700 feet above sea level. She expressed gratitude to her sponsor, Eddie Bauer, and showed respect for nature and everything it takes to rise to the challenge.
Moore shared her journey with fans on Instagram, saying that the challenge is both mental and physical.
“Traversing this terrain has its challenges. Breathing at altitude, for instance, is not easy. Besides hydration and staying nourished, breathing is THE vital key in the fight against altitude sickness. It’s also a major take-away that I will be employing back to the real world whether I’m in the midst of a tough workout or a weird day. Mind blown.”
But the actor isn’t alone as she is climbing along with friends Ashley Streicher and Chase Weideman, with the help of guide Melissa Arnot Reid. Moore says that it’s impossible not to think of those who came before her on the mountain, and particularly those who lost their lives along the way.
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There is so much magic in these mountains. They represent adventure in the grandest form and in a language all their own. The idea of standing at the base of the world's tallest peak with @eddiebauer, a brand that has been outfitting record-setting climbers since the beginning - from the first American ascent in 1963 (Jim Whittaker) to our guide @melissaarnot, the first American Woman to ascend and descend Everest without oxygen, is truly beyond my wildest imagination. Traversing this terrain has its challenges. Breathing at altitude, for instance, is not easy. One of the greatest gifts/lessons that Melissa simultaneously bestowed on us during this trek was the fine art of pressure breathing. It makes all the difference as you climb higher. It’s essentially a big inhale and a sharp, forceful exhale, like you’re blowing out a candle across the room, to open up your lungs, allowing you to use more oxygen, etc... Besides hydration and staying nourished, breathing is THE vital key in the fight against altitude sickness. It’s also a major takeaway that I will be employing back to the real world whether I’m in the midst of a tough workout or a weird day. Mind blown. So as we weaved around the Himalayas from 14,400ft-16,200ft-17,600ft: this particular technique was essential in propelling us forward. Needless to say, this part of the world holds a very special place in @melissaarnot’s heart so her willingness to share it, as well as her time, knowledge and endless trove of stories were so appreciated by all of us lucky enough to walk alongside her this past week. Her belief in our abilities to keep moving and ultimately make it to the base of the Mighty, Mighty Mt. Everest was so powerful. Spoiler alert: we made it!!! It’s impossible to be lucky enough to arrive at the foot of these mammoth peaks and not be attuned to the palpable energy of all of those who came before and lost their lives in these mountains. The wave of emotion: respect, reverence, appreciation....that washed over us as we took in the prayer flags and yellow domed tents of basecamp AND sat on the rocks regarding the chortens that dot the hillside of the Tukla Pass the day before, profoundly
She said it is impossible not to feel the energy of those who came before, as there are reminders all around you when you reach the Everest Base Camp.
“The wave of emotion: respect, reverence, appreciation…that washed over us as we took in the prayer flags and yellow domed tents of base camp AND sat on the rocks regarding the chortens that dot the hillside of the Tukla Pass the day before, profoundly.”
Moore also wanted to clarify that there is a difference between what she is doing on Mt. Everest and the extreme challenge being undertaken by those heading to the summit. Not to take away from her own journey in Nepal, she said there is a huge difference between hiking to the Everest Base Camp and those “professional mountaineers and alpinists who are CLIMBING Everest.” She says that climbing to the summit takes around two months. She says she “stands in awe” of those whose training and commitment allows them to make it to the top.
Last spring Moore summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro, which she says further ignited her interest in hiking and climbing. Now, there are more things and places on her personal list, like Fuji, Rainier, and Baker.