By Jessica Arellano
KALEB Sinclair’s trek to the world’s tallest mountain started in a doctor’s surgery in 2016.
“Kaleb and I were sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, waiting to see him about Kaleb’s knee operation outcome,” says his dad, Rodney Sinclair.
“I found out Kaleb was having issues at school and with his self-confidence. Since the knee [operation] had sidelined him from doing any sport or activity outside of walking – he couldn’t even ride his bike to his mate’s place – he felt pretty down.
“So I said, ‘Let’s do something that everyone thinks you can’t do.’ ”
Inspired by others
Kaleb felt inspired after remembering a photo he’d seen of Alyssa Azar, the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest in Nepal.
So he decided to climb to the Everest base camp, more than 5,000 metres above sea level.
Kaleb, who’s 13, began training with his dad.
“I developed his training program starting in October,” says Mr Sinclair. “It consisted of weights, cardio and a long-distance trek each Sunday.”
And we’re off!
Kaleb and his dad were ready by April 16 and set off on their trek.
Nine days later they reached base camp.
“The hardest part was climbing up very steep stairs for up to six hours straight,” says Kaleb. “I felt very sore, but in the end I was very happy that I completed what I set out to do.”
He wanted to prove to himself that the impossible could be done.
“It felt painful during the trek, but in the end it was worth it,” he says. “It was the hardest thing I have ever done.”
Kaleb raised almost $6,000 for Ronald McDonald House in Perth.