Some true inspiration to kick off 2014, as Steve Thompson has just completed his life’s ambition, to trek to the Everest base camp, despite struggling to walk to his local shops just over a year ago.
A keen walker from an early age, Steve used to do fell walking around the Lake District and Wales, later joining the Rambler’s Association, where he met his wife. He was also part of the Long Distance Walkers Association and took part in challenges around the world.
However, by the time he got into his mid 50’s he started having problems with his left knee.
“Wear and tear my doctor said. On medical advice I had the cartilage in my knee trimmed. As a result of the surgery I lost some of my fitness and leg strength, and got to a stage where I was struggling to walk to my local shops!!” he told us.
“I resigned myself to the fact that my hard hill walking days were over. However, after being referred to a knee surgeon he advised me to see a good sports physiotherapist and put me in touch with Harris and Ross. From the moment I stood in front of Jeff Ross in a pair of shorts it was obvious to him the areas I needed to work on to get my strength and mobility back.
“During the course of a year or so of exercises and gym work I improved considerably. To such an extent that I asked Jeff if it would be possible for me to consider a life time dream – to walk into base camp Everest in Nepal. Jeff said ‘go for it’.
“I was delighted in November 2013 to get to base camp after two weeks fairly sustained trekking and also to get to the summit of Kala Pattar (18,200ft). Whilst I had some problems with altitude sickness my knee did not give me any problems, which is testimony to the considerable skill and professionalism of Harris and Ross.”
A fantastic story to kick off 2014, well done Steve!