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Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:04 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Journey to Nepal

Bill Allred talks about his journey to Nepal.

I’m beyond impressed that you climbed…

BILL ALLRED: No I didn’t climb Mt. Everest.

SHAUNA LAKE: Is that not true?

BILL ALLRED: No I didn’t climb Mt. Everest.

SHAUNA LAKE: What did you do?

I went to Nepal, and I walked to where people who climb Mt. Everest begin their climb.

SHAUNA LAKE: That’s still amazing. Was that something you always wanted to do?

Well for a long, long, long, long time I wanted to do it. I mean I don't know probably 20 years, 30 years, I don't know a long time ago I saw some television special of people who just go trekking in Nepal, and I'm watching this going wow this is fascinating. I always thought of climbing Mt. Everest you go there and it's this snowy, cold, forbidding, rocky, awful, and these people are going on this trek and they're going through jungles and there are monkeys and I thought, 'oh I didn't realize that's part of Nepal.’ And they're walking through it or maybe they're going through Tibet at the time I don't know, but I think it was Nepal. And anyway it kind of got me interested in mountain climbing and mountaineering, and I never really did any of that myself, but I read books about it. And then I met this guy through the radio show named Dean Cardinale. He runs the ski patrol in the winter up at Snowbird and avalanche control. And then in the summer he has this company called World Wide Trekking, and he's summited Everest himself and he decided to put, he used the ski patrol as his work and then in the summer he'd just go adventuring. And he decided well I do this all the time, I should do this as a business, and he has started taking people on trekking adventures all over the world. And he's talking to me about this and he came on the radio show and he said you out to come with us, and I said oh I couldn't do that. I'm not in good enough shape I couldn't do that. He said oh you could do it. Why don't you come along? You could do it.

SHAUNA LAKE: And what are you thinking to yourself.

I'm going well I can't just take off for 18 days, and I'm not in good shape, and he said you could do it. And I said well I can't. He said, look. You come...just pay for the airfare. You get over there and you come with me. And Kerry and Gina are going well yeah you should do it. And I said to my wife, what do you? And she said well you really out to do it if it's just kind of fallen in your lap.

SHAUNA LAKE: And it's kind of on your bucket list.

And so I did it. Flew to Katmandu on my birthday, landed in Katmandu on my birthday and two days later we flew from Katmandu, which is about the same elevation as Salt Lake, flew to the world's most dangerous airfield Lukla, Nepal which is at 9,000 feet and started walking. And walked for 12 days I think. Up, up, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down to about twenty... I forget what it is. It was the hardest thing I've ever done. I didn't know if I could make it. I got altitude sick. I got every kind of sick. I was miserable.

Glad you did it?

BILL ALLRED: Yeah. Yes very glad. I would go back in a heartbeat. I don't think I could do that trek again. I don't think I would do that trek again, but I would love to go back to Nepal, to go back to Katmandu. It's just, they're remarkable people. It's a beautiful, you've never seen anything like it. And when you get up into those villages up in those mountains into those terrace villages there's no...the only way you can get there is to walk or to ride a horse. It's just amazing.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)

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