Trevor is one half of ProjectBase8000. He aims, with his partner Emma, to be the first trekkers (non mountaineers) to trek to the base camps of all the world’s 14 highest mountains. He’s a man with a mission.
What is your why? why do you do what you do?
I like to have a specific goal or project to focus on to keep motivated – all within a time limit. By having this focus brings it home on why you are doing it, especially when you have doubts or get distracted by other things happening in your life. Accomplishing your goals also provides a sense of fulfilment. This is not about box ticking but rather having an overall experience to look back on and encourage others to follow in our footsteps. Raising money in the process for the Australian Himalayan Foundation makes it all worthwhile for the health, education and conservation in the Himalayas where we’re headed.
Why Joe’s Basecamp?
In a nutshell? The camaraderie, training alongside highly motivated and like-minded people, the support and above all else, being part of an awesome setup. Oh, and chasing (sorry, encouraging) Milo to give me back my shoes!
I’ve been pondering the switch to Joe’s over the last couple of months as I was previously doing high intensity training, 4-5 days a week at another gym for some years.
Now, there is nothing wrong in rocking up and doing a 30-45 min high intensity group aerobic class, raising your endorphins in the process and slapping high fives. After all, we’ve all done it and for some that suits our goals. It did for me – or at least that’s what I thought. Joe’s Basecamp is more than that!
If you’re training for a specific goal such as a Triathlon, UTA100, climbing an 8,000m mountain or planning to pull a 60kg pulk on an expedition across Antarctica or Iceland or planning to trek to Everest Base Camp or Kokoda, then you really need a program that is specifically tailored to you.
There are not that many gyms around where you encounter some of the best trainers in the business with a can-do attitude coupled with a number of degrees in sports science or similar and have been with the same gym for a lengthy period of time. This gives you the confidence to back yourself, as you know they are backing you!
As trainer Matt Reid says and I don’t think he would mind if I quote him – ’I enjoy seeing people get the best out of their training session and watching them progress.’ Here’s to that.
Joe’s ethos is about people getting out there and getting amongst it, living large and tearing chunks out of life. What does this mean to you?
Don’t think, just do. Say yes to every opportunity and worry about it later. Be in the here and now – present moment. And never, ever give up!
What challenges are on the horizon?
First, to get stronger and fitter – and maintain it! In early April via our project – ProjectBase8000.com we are aiming to complete our toughest trek/expedition yet – a 28 day trek in Nepal to Makalu Advanced Based Camp, climbing up and over the three Cols (around 6,200m). I say toughest because it involves some mountaineering experience. Makalu is the 5th highest mountain in the world at 8,485m and is located 19km south east of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet, China.
In September, we are planning to head back to the Himalayas to trek to the Base Camps of both Cho Oyu (6th highest at 8,201m) and Shishapangma (14th highest – the baby of them all at 8,027m), all located on the Tibet, China side. We’ll also attempt to trek to Everest Advanced Base Camp (North side) provided that the Chinese haven’t still closed this off to trekkers without a climbing permit. And finally for good measure, complete a circuit around Mt. Kailash (sacred mountain).
If all goes according to plan, by the end of 2019, we will then be almost half way through in achieving our goal – not bad when you consider that we only started our project back in June, 2018. Wait until next year though – it gets even tougher!
What is one tip for someone starting out on a similar journey to you?
Only one?? I have two: Be daring, be humble, stay positive, be focused, do your best and don’t be afraid to seek support. Don’t be afraid to look back on life and see how far you’ve come – it can be an amazing journey and things happen for a reason!
Follow Trevor and his exciting adventures at:
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @projectbase8000
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Anything else you’d like to add?
We should mention that part of ProjectBase8000.com is to encourage people to come with us to any or all of the base camps of the world’s 14 highest mountains (all above 8,000m) – go on, you know you want to!