Everest Base Camp - Age is no Excuse
Everest Base Camp - Age is no Excuse

Everest Base Camp – Christine Northrup and her mum aged 84

Everest Base Camp at 84 years of age. Yes, it’s been done.

Story by: Ainslee Dennis

Today while patiently waiting to see an orthopedic surgeon, a fledgling Peak Potential ‘Adventuress’ dipped into the pile of magazines stacked on a side table.  The July 2013 edition of Prevention captured her attention with its claim to be ‘The Energy Issue’.

A quick flick and the above photo caught her eye. It was a picture of Christine Northrup MD with her mum at Everest Base Camp in 2010. Her mum was 84 years old.

Following is an extract of the article about Christine and her perspective on health and ageing.

“One thing I’ve learnt from my mother is that you don’t have to become feeble as you age. In 2010, when my mum was 84, she trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp. The following year she drove her campervan across the country with her best friend, who was 87. Now she’s planning a trip to Alaska. The lesson? There are two kinds of age: chronological and biological. The first you can’t do anything about, but the second is largely under your control. Eating right and staying fit are important, but our attitude matters every bit as much. If we believe we’re going to slow down with age, we do. If we believe that aches and pains are inevitable, then we have them. Believing that you can maintain good health as you age is the secret to making it a reality.”

Be inspired by Christine’s mum – our fledgling ‘Adventuress’ loved that she found this article as she was seeking advice about her two less-than-perfect knees. The news wasn’t great but she is determined to visit Everest Base Camp before the age of 84 years!

If you’re also inspired and would like to go to Everest Base Camp then join us for the Peak Potential Adventures Everest Base Camp Dawn Service Trek in April. It will be ‘An Adventure to Remember’ and the journey will embody the qualities that make-up the Anzac Spirit. Stand at Everest Base Camp on April 25 to honour the ANZAC Centenary with a team of people with whom you have shared days of trekking and during that time experienced the qualities that make-up the Anzac spirit – endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship.

If you’d like more information register your interest by sending an email to admin@peakpotential.net.au