Darcey Pollard


Adventure: UNICEF Everest Base Camp Climb for Kids

As our Adventurer of the Month, Darcey has scored himself a $100 Paddy Pallin voucher! To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.

What motivated you to take on your Inspired Adventure?

I really enjoy challenging myself to doing new things I haven’t done before. What better challenge for 2018 than one that is not only physically and mentally demanding but requires persistence and planning to achieve.

On top of the significant personal challenge, I have always been a supporter of the work of UNICEF, so pair the two together and here I am.

How are you feeling about the challenge ahead? Have you ever been to Nepal before?

I don’t actually see the challenge as being ‘ahead’. In my mind the challenge has already begun and the final goal is to be standing at EBC. Everything I do between now and then is getting me to that point. The challenge is basically the entire year, sometimes it’s exhausting and sometimes is exhilarating. It’s all apart of the ride.

No, I haven’t been to Nepal before.

What have been some of the highlights of your Inspired journey so far?

The great locations I’ve been to while trekking. Last weekend was a trek to Red Hands Cave in the Blue Mountains, absolutely beautiful location and with a little bit of history thrown in to make it awe-inspiring as well.

Also, the immense support I’ve received (and am still receiving) from friends and family.

Do you have any tips for other people currently training for their Inspired Adventure?

It’s such early days that I’m not even sure if what I’m doing is going to work. I’m just making this up as I go along so I’m not really sure if Im qualified to answer that just yet.

If I was to be in a position to answer that, looking back at my couple of months at training, it’d have to be this…

Doing something is better than nothing. Heading to the gym once a week is better than not going at all, a short walk is better than sitting at home, eating fresh healthy meals a few times a week is better than a week of take out.

Moving that needle 1% every time, consistently, will make a huge difference at the other end. And then once you get momentum, keep pushing.

What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?

You’ll have lots of questions and uncertainty about whether you can even do it, it’s a mammoth challenge after all, but jump in and work it out as you go.

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