THE EVEREST TRAIL RACE
In November 2015, I ran the Everest Trail Race (ETR), a gruelling high altitude multi stage ultra marathon through the Himalayan mountains that traces the footsteps of the famous explorers Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. On paper, the ETR sounds like a walk in the park compared to the MDS. Runners cover 153 kms in 6 days which pales into insignificance when compared with the 251kms you cover over the same time period during the MDS. However, on closer inspection, the Everest Trail Race is not only as hard as the MDS, it may even trump it. The 25,000 metres of ascent and descent, altitude that can reach 6,000 metres and brutal temperature ranges (daytime highs of 18 degrees and night time lows of -10 degrees) make the race nothing short of brutal.