Climbing a mountain is a once in a life time experience for many people not only because of the fitness required but also the cost. If any of us were to go then we would select a trekking / climbing company who would do all the costings for us and we would save away for years to cover the ‘package deal’. But what are the costs behind those packages? What is it that you are paying for?
By unravelling some of the costs you will be able to see where the costs lie for Project Possible and equally why every single pound counts – quite literally!
There are many treks to basecamps which will get you within the atmosphere and the awe of the worlds highest mountains, especially Mount Everest. These treks guide you through valleys and along tracks that wind higher into the thinner air at the foot of these monoliths of nature. There are some costs that you simply cannot ‘skimp’ on. The best equipment is vital when you are in extreme conditions and then you find that your ropes are buried under a half metre layer of snow overnight. Tents used as a camp on the route become a refuge at 7,500m. Have you ever tried to put up a tent in 75 mph winds?… with gloves thick enough to protect your hands but not as nimble as bare fingers to sort out the ropes and the carabiners that you have to fix to the rock face?
This is not about one man going up the mountain. Nims has a team with him, many are friends who have climbed with him on many occasions. All of them in their own rights will be breaking new boundaries and challenging their own personal records. Some have even broken other world records!
To climb Mount Everest can cost £25,000 – £30,000 for an individual, which includes a summit fee of over £8,500. In his blog, ‘How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest’, Alan Arnette explains the fees in detail which highlight the costs facing Nims and Project Possible. Not least of which is when you read further into the article and see how much the summit fees are expected tor see in 2020.
All the way along and in preparation for this phenomenal challenge Nims and the team have been saving costs or seeking sponsorship. There has been an incredible response which has seen Phase 1 nearly complete but the costs for the remainder of the challenge are still to be met.