Adventurous Mum to Tackle Everest Base Camp- For Our Mental Preparation for The Annapurna Circuit Hike
So, we’re really going to do this Annapurna Hike thing, even if it kills us. Well, no, but we will do it unless we see that it’s just not what’s best for us, in which case we turn back around and go find something else beautiful to do in Nepal, like volunteer or settle in some village somewhere. We hope to start hiking next week. We need to wait for the film crew to arrive and get their gear ready. And as we get closer, I feel that much more inspired by the art of hiking, which is why I’m so psyched to interview Carly, The Mum To Tackle Everest Base Camp.
No, dearest mum Carly has not hiked with her kids [yet]. She says they complain in the ten-minute walk to school. I know, Carly, I know! She wants to wait until they are older to hike with them. Mine are older and still, they are great sports, but I think complaining will always be a part of the equation. We’ll see. That is why we think we want a few more years until we bike through Europe. Here’s to totally optimistic moms holding their breathes about something magical happening to normal children.
So, we have our gear (most of it) and are waiting for the film crew to arrive and we’re off to the greatest adventure of them all. And though I rarely do interviews or guest posts here, once in a great while it feels right. And with Carly, it does. It fits as we aim our eyes hike-ward. Enjoy!
1. Introduce yourself, name, what you do, what you like, what you don’t like, what you wish for in life.
Hi, My name is Carly (32), mum to 2 boys I have 2 dog, 4 cats and lots of tropical fish, I currently work from the comfort of my own home for a company called Red Mud Media. I like animals, spending time with my 2 young boys, going to music gigs and walking / climbing mountains! I don’t like Spiders, rude people or Tequila (bad experience when I was younger, put me off for life!). I wish for a happy comfortable life with the ability to travel to far flung places. If we won the lottery we’d probably move to St Lucia in a lovely plantation house overlooking the Pitons.
2- Why do you love traveling? What gave you the bug?
I love travelling as I like to learn about the different cultures and anywhere warmer than the UK is also a bonus! What gave me the traveling bug was a 2 week holiday to Goa with a friends family, even though we were quite sheltered in the resort, I saw enough of India that I couldn’t wait to go back again, I ended up taking a 6 month trip to India to teach English at a private school in Sandur, Karnataka at the age of 18 on my own. At the time it didn’t seem like a big deal, but looking back now, I realised it was a very brave thing to do and have many stories to tell about my experience there.
3- How do you afford your travels?
Generally through hard saving, although my trip to Kilimanjaro in 2011 was funded a lot through fundraising / sponsorship as I went with a local charity in the UK. It’s the same with my upcoming Everest Base Camp trip, again I’m going with the charity so a lot of the funding so far has been through the kindness of friends / work colleagues etc. I’m hoping not to have to dip into savings to complete the money required, so may be doing a few bake sales / car boot sales in the near future!
4- What’s the passion with hiking? What does hiking do to you?
I like hiking because you can really lose yourself in your surroundings, it’s a time where you have long periods of quietness (which I don’t tend to get at home with 2 boys and 2 dogs!) and it’s a time to reflect. Not a lot compares to summiting a mountain, the feeling of achievement is quite over-whelming that you were able to push yourself that bit further to get there.
5- What is the most beautiful place you’ve hiked in?
For me, the most beautiful place I’ve hiked in so far has to be Wales in the UK, I’ve climbed Snowdon a few times now and every time I’ve had fantastic weather and clear views the whole way up. Wales is a lovely place, even though it has a reputation for bad weather, the times I’ve been there I’ve been so lucky to have had sunshine.
6- What is the craziest, most dangerous, funniest, unique adventure you’ve had?
At the moment, climbing Kilimanjaro was probably the craziest thing I’ve done so far, mainly because people who know me know I’m quite adverse to exercise and to then sign up to this challenge was quite a shock for the family. Summit night on Kilimanjaro was definitely unique and the most I’ve had to push myself physically and mentally to just keep going…you really had to dig deep.
7- If I could do just one hike in the world, which would you recommend and why?
I would love to summit Everest, to be on top of the world! But probably would never happen, so getting to base camp will be the next best thing I reckon.
8- What is the secret to happiness?
Take each day as it comes, I’m quite laid-back when it comes to a lot of things, my time on Kilimanjaro was quite relaxed and I just went with the flow. I try not to let things wide me up, get under my skin…if it does…it doesn’t tend to show that much!
Something special Carly wanted me to share with you friends….
9- Anything else, Carly, that you want to add?
I’ve set up a blog at Adventure Mummy , which is tackling everyday life as a mum whilst longing for the next adventure…After Everest Base Camp, what to do next will soon be on my mind!
She’s adorable, right? So much to learn and be inspired from. So, if you love what she is doing, write to her, reach out, read her blog, show her that you are there and she’ll shine like the Empire State with joy. If you love what we’re doing, share it on Google+ and other social networks, for that helps us tons. Leave a comment for Carly and she’ll be sure to answer.
Good night from Katmandu, Nepal friends,