Sam Lipscombe, POWERbreathe user, prepares to acclimatise for Everest

Sam Lipscombe has arrived in Nepal ready to climb Mount Everest whilst raising money for Cure Rett.

Sam had been using POWERbreathe to help strengthen his breathing muscles for the challenges that breathing at altitude will place on his breathing. You can find out more about Sam, his challenge to climb Mount Everest and his fundraising by reading his previous blogs.

So, here were find out that Sam has trekked to Ama Dablam base camp in the Everest national park where he’s able to see Everest from the South before he travels back to Tibet where he’ll approach the mountain from the North.

Sam’s latest post (4th April) finds him in Namche which is located deep in the Himalyas. He says, “At 3600m it is the home of the Sherpa people and all its supplies need to be either flown in by helicopter or carried in on foot. Out the window I can see mountains jutting up through the clouds. Snow capped peaks that rival the highest in the world.”

Sam’s 7 day trek will take him and a team through the Kumbu and higher into the clouds. This will be their acclimatisation period, as the Chinese border was closed at the time of writing.

“All things going well we will be back in Kathmandu on Wednesday and over the border this time next week. Once in Tibet the drive to base camp should only take 3 days as we have already acclimatised. There is bound to be some more issues we have to face along the way but fingers crossed.

I hope to write another update at the next opportunity which should be at base camp.”

Sam

We’ll keep you updated with Sam’s progress as and when he is able to get a message through, but in the meantime we’d like to extend our best wishes to Sam for a safe journey.

Read more about how POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) could help prepare your breathing muscles for the rigours of breathing at altitude, however if you’re already using POWERbreathe for this reason, or have used it in the past to help cope with breathing at altitude then please leave a comment here on on the POWERbreathe Forum, as we’d love to hear from you.

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