25 Things I Learned Hiking to Everest Base Camp

  1. If you hike everyday you won’t be as sore
  2. Not showering for week isn’t a big deal
  3. Tea and cookies are the best post-hike food
  4. I’m petrified of suspension bridges25bridges
  5. Cake tastes better at 15,000 feet
  6. Coffee, who needs coffee
  7. Don’t waste the mornings
  8. Only God can predict the weather
  9. Dal Bhat = 24 hours of power
  10. A girl yak is a nak
  11. Naks make yak cheese
  12. Don’t eat yak cheese while hiking
  13. Mirrors and makeup are overrated25mirrors
  14. There’s nothing more beautiful than the sun rising over mountains
  15. Turning prayers wheels, even as a non-Buddhist, is very therapeutic
  16. You can tan just your hands – and it’s not a good look
  17. Squatty potties are often cleaner than western toilets
  18. Any day, in any weather, being outside trumps being inside25snow
  19. Don’t eat meat above Lukla
  20. You may think you’re strong until you see a porter carrying 100 kg of lumber on his back
  21. Hiking is a great way to get to know amazing, interesting people25EBC
  22. The best gear won’t get you to the top – only will power, mental strength and personal drive
  23. No 3G, Wi-Fi or cell phone service is the recipe for deeper conversations and richer experiences
  24. I would love to wear wool socks everyday
  25. I don’t want success, I want wonder!25wonder

I want to give a big thanks to Ace the Himalayas and TheClymb.com for the amazing trip that they put together. I will never forget the hike, the people or the magic of the mountains.

Photos by Kyle Knapp and Brandon Blackford

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