Member Of The Month: December 2017
Climate member Andrew Hecker shares how CrossFit recently benefited him when he took on the climb of his life.
I recently completed what was real challenge of a trip. Myself and 3 of my close friends decided after a few years of climbing in Colorado that we wanted to up the level of difficulty. So we decided over margaritas last may that we were going to take a trip to Nepal and make the hike to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar. EBC itself sat a bit over 17.5k feet and required nine days of hiking to reach, with an altitude gain of over 15k feet.
The hike itself took us through the rainforest, high plains and well above the tree line into the alpine environments of the Himalayas and proved to be a real physical challenge both regarding endurance, as well as just learning how to manage the altitude and how it impacts your body.
For me, training at my local Crossfit gym, Climate CrossFit, made a real difference. The dynamic nature of our workouts allowed me to take on and overcome the variations in terrain and conditions that you run into when climbing and descending mountain paths. Further, the conditioning allowed me to keep my energy levels high. I had become used to working to do more with less energy, or as was more often the case, oxygen.
I'm am looking forward to the chance to go back in the next couple of years to add a few hundred more meters to my personal best and achieve my first summit over 6,000M. When that time comes, Climate Crossfit will play a big roll in preparing me again to keep changing my degree of fitness.