Climbing Everest at 10 years old
IT IS a journey some people spend decades planning, but Cooper Wright will be ticking Mt Everest off his bucket list at just 10 years old.
The Rockhampton boy will leave for Nepal with his father Stuart tomorrow, to join a group of fathers and kids on an 18-day trek to the Everest base camp and back.
Stuart explained that the trip came out of a plan he had with a friend about organising a joint father-and-son trip before their kids grew up.
"It's always been our goal to do something like this together with our kids while they were still young, but I can't say Everest was my first choice," he said.
"But we're both looking forward to it. It's a pretty good opportunity to do something not everyone gets to do."
Stuart and Cooper will join three fathers and four children (aged between nine and 14) for the trek, which will take them from Kathmandu to the Mt Everest base camp, 5380m up the mountain.
While it may be a daunting prospect for most people, Stuart and Cooper were optimistic that they were up to challenge.
"We both keep pretty fit and Cooper's pretty athletic, so I'm sure we'll be able to manage," Stuart said
"We go walking every day and go on some big walks on the weekend. I like walking and getting out so I'm looking forward to it," Cooper said.
As well as trekking to the base camp, the group will also visit an orphanage while in Nepal.
"I found out about this orphanage there so we've made plans to bring some supplies over with us to give to them," Stuart said.