A WOMAN who climbed to Everest Base Camp practised for the event by walking up and down the Malvern Hills.

Sue Hubbard, who works as a podiatrist in the town, climbed to the base camp with her sister Sylvia and brother-in-law Buck.

The climb started as a project by Buck, who had previously worked as a rescuer in Nepal after the earthquake there.

He was invited back to take on the climb, and when another expedition member was ruled out with Covid, Sue was invited.

She said: "It came as a surprise - it wasn't on my radar at all.

"My initial reaction was that I might not be fit enough, and the concerns about getting altitude sickness."

Having accepted the climb, she began practising walking up and down the Malvern Hills, helping her prepare both physically and mentally for the challenge.

From the tranquillity of Malvern, Mrs Hubbard was transported to what she described as the "organised chaos" of Nepal.

She said: "We went out on May 21 to Kathmandu, which is completely chaotic, with mopeds everywhere and car horns beeping constantly.

"We spent two days there before going on to Lukla.

"Having left the chaos of Kathmandu, Lukla is like stepping back in time."

Lukla is where people climbing Everest go to acclimatise to the altitude.

The group then began the gruelling climb up to Everest Base Camp, which sits at more than 17,000ft above sea level.

Fortunately for the group, no one suffered from the worst effects of altitude sickness and everyone reached base camp.

The climb helped Mrs Hubbard raise more than £1,800 for two charities: Shelter and the Midlands Air Ambulance, with donations coming in from across the Malvern Hills and further afield.

Speaking after returning from the climb, she said: "You do have lots of trepidation about whether you will make it up there, but with the blood-oxygen testing, you actually feel more confident the further you get."

She also thanked friends, family and patients for all their support and donations.