STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE: Sapphire teen William Nuss gets into training before tackling Mount Everest Base Camp in April.
STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE: Sapphire teen William Nuss gets into training before tackling Mount Everest Base Camp in April. Lisa Benoit ROK

Will’s will to succeed at Everest

CARRYING a 15kg backpack on a hike sounds hard enough, but William Nuss is training to carry his to Mount Everest Base Camp.

William, 17, is one for four students that have started training to climb to Mount Everest Base Camp, as part of an initiative with the Central Queensland Health and Hospital Service to get residents to think about their health.

And William is up for the challenge.

Over the Christmas holidays his training got under way by carrying a 15kg weight pack on a trek at Carnarvon Gorge, but William said he still has a long way to go when it comes to fitness.

William, who is from Sapphire, began official training on Saturday at Vector Health in Rockhampton with the other students.

Vector Health owner Glenn Hansen is ready to get the teens in shape for the trek and has experience in just how to do that.

Glenn said he previously trained someone to climb not only to the base camp, but to the top of Mount Everest.

Glenn said the training will be intense.

"You would expect most kids to be fit as they are for a trek," Glenn said.

"But we need to teach them to sustain their core strength."

Balance, leg strength and walking with weight packs will be some main focuses in their training for the next three months.

While it will be a massive challenge for William, he said he's looking forward to the experience.

"It'll be a hard challenge but to say I succeeded in it is something that's important to me," he said.

William, along with teens Jack Duncan, Travis Cazaly and Toulianna Hill will leave Australia for their adventure on April 6.

MOUNT EVEREST FACTS

Reinhold Messner was the first to climb the mountain without oxygen in 1978.

The oldest person to climb Everest is 80 years old, the youngest is 13

In Nepal the mountain is known as Sagarmatha, meaning "forehead of the sky"



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