By Lance Trumbull | October 18, 2010
Several weeks ago I announced that the Everest Peace Project was going to do a peace trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal; I was of course, very excited to be making this all happen and to be going to back to place that I love. As I was sitting on my butt behind my computer it dawned upon me, I better get back into shape!
Even though it is only a trip to base camp it is still very important to always train and condition your body - and to be prepared and in the best possible shape. The problem is that nowadays being mostly a full-time dad I have my 16 month old son to consider. And so the dilemma: how to train and have my son with me? I thought of pushing a strolling up and down trails but that was a silly idea. Then the obvious occurred to me: get a backpack that I can put my son in and carry him on my back!
Not only can I hike anywhere, but having the extra 30+ pounds on my back really helps the conditioning process. Plus - and just as importantly, it is really a wonderful way to bond with my son; he is an extension of me (literally and figuratively) and while on my back he has a wonderful front row seat to the beautiful nature that is passing him by. He will often sing and make all sorts of unique and interesting sounds, usually just before falling asleep! I am blessed for the place where we go everyday is just 5 minutes from my house and we usually spend at least an hour out in nature and on the trails…
Working out and simultaneously bonding with my son - life is good!
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