Gemma, Christina, Jaclyn and Bayley are taking on the mighty-fine challenge of trekking to Everest Base Camp, 5000 metres above sea-level. The valiant bunch have set their sights high with a challenge that’s not for the faint-hearted and will be raising money for our much-loved Dougie Mac en-route.

Climbing

What’s the POA?
Starting on the 6th March 2018 the team will tackle forest, plateaus, high altitude and suspension bridges in a 12-day adventure of a lifetime. The trek kick-starts in Lukla following the mountainside along the Dudh Kohsi River, acclimatising in the Namche Bazaar before making their ascent to Everest Base Camp. Training plans have been set in motion to make sure everyone is fighting fit, even Bayley has added morning push-ups into his daily routine.

Who are the Dougie Mac?
The Dougie Mac are very close to the hearts of the Blue Bay Team. The Douglas Macmillian Hospice, known by friends as the Dougie Mac, provide free care to adults with life limiting illness in North Staffordshire. A squad of specialists and volunteers lead the way giving invaluable support to individuals, families and carers.

Let’s meet the team!
Here’s what they’ve got to say about the events.

• Why have you chosen the Everest Base Camp Trek Challenge? 
Gemma: I’ve always wanted to see Everest, the roof of the world, after reading numerous books about it. I saw the challenge advertised and sent it to Christina whose appetite for adventure spurred me on to actually book it as I never would have been brave enough on my own.
Jac: Gemma told me I was doing it!
Christina: It’s a major challenge for me personally with fitness and there’s no beach in sight! I’m going to be out of my comfort zone.

• What’re you looking forward to most? 
Gemma: Seeing Everest, the sense of achievement when we finish, and being ‘off the grid’.
Jac: Landing safely at Lukla airport which is widely considered to be the most dangerous runway in the world.  On second thoughts, safely taking off from Lukla on the way back!
Christina: The experience and personal satisfaction. Not forgetting the views.

• What’re going to miss most while you’re out trekking? 
Gemma: Oxygen. The air’s thin up there. Also family as it is a 2 week trek.
Jac: Warmth, proper ale and decaffeinated earl grey tea.
Christina: My dog, cat, husband, wine and rum. Oh, and I’ll miss my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday. Ooops!

• What’re your training plans
Gemma: I’ve joined an 8 week bootcamp to get my fitness back up, this involves 4 sessions a week. Jac has threatened us with Personal Training after Christmas too. I’ve suggested a few overnight hikes in the Peak District in winter, so far no takers!
Jac: Circuits 3 to 4 times a week and yoga once a week.  I’ll be upping this with Personal Training sessions after Christmas.  So far so good.
Christina: So far I’ve done a 7.7 mile walk. But now my feet have blisters and I’ve smashed my phone, so it’s not going well! I’ll be doing high intensity work-outs Insanity and PiYo twice a week.

• Why the Dougie Mac?  
Gemma: The Dougie Mac looked after my nan, auntie and uncle during their final few months, weeks and days.  More recently they’ve helped my grandad-in-law too. The Dougie Mac allow people to keep their dignity, come to terms with what is happening to them and support their families. They are angels!
Jac: They took care of my mum during the last week of her life in 2015.  We were lucky enough to get her in to the lodges where the whole family were looked after with an unbelievable level of care and compassion.  However much I do for Dougie Mac, it will never repay what they did for us during that week.
Christina: The Dougie Mac are quite simply an amazing charity! It’ll be 20 years since I lost my mum there and it’s a mile stone for me as I will have just turned 40 in the February.

Gemma

Gemma

Jaclyn

Jaclyn

Christina

Christina

Hereon, we will follow the team as they embark on their preparations and begin their grand adventure. In the meantime, you can support the gang by visiting their JustGiving page. We wish them the best of luck in the first stage of the challenge: preparation.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates.