This week we caught up with Chase Tucker - he sheds some light on training for a trek in Australia, being away from home and the magic of Nepal.
You’re just about to leave for a trip to Nepal, can you tell us a bit more about what you’ll be getting up to?
Sure. So, for a bit of background, I have a business called Big Mountain Training which is an online program written by trekkers and mountaineers. I'm taking about 10 of the Brisbane-based clients on what is predominantly their first climb in the Himalayas. It should be a real challenge for all of us.
We hear you're headed to Naya Kanga?
Well, because of the recent earthquake damage near Naya Kanga, we've actually changed to a mountain called Larkye Peak in the Manaslu region. It's about 6250m to the summit and it's a fairly rudimentary peak in terms of technical climbing. The challenge is having the endurance and the will to push on, it's quintessential big mountain climbing experience. We'll be climbing a steady ridge with a few tricky steps to a prominent and (hopefully!) clear summit. A weather window of 2-3 days and we should ascend it.
What does training look like one month out?
Full on. 3-5 times week we're working on leg and core strength, durability and injury prevention in the gym. Frequent heavy pack carries for endurance, and a lot of big days in the mountains to build tenacity and experience. We recently did some canyoning in very cold water as a simulation for handling ropes and biners in the cold. It's as realistic as we can make it in Australia.
Do you ever take a local guide with you?
Yeah, I always do, you're mad if you don't. I was on Ama Dablam during the April earthquake, I don't know what I would have done without the logistical and spiritual support of my team over there. Plus, it's a big part of the fun! The Nepalese people are always positive, very jovial, ultra accommodating and insightful. We have a lot to learn from them about happiness.
What’s the longest you’ve been away from home for?
1 year. I travelled non stop for the entirety for 2011. It was kind of just dirt baggin', trekking, climbing a lot. I spent a great deal of time in Asia, India, Nepal and Europe, predominantly soul searching. Then I came home and started a business and now I rarely get to travel other than climbing trips! But, I do love it.
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