In train­ing for the climb

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis suf­ferer

Tracey Hall says she smashed the walk to the

Whar­iti sum­mit on

Satur­day.

It took her 3.5 hours to reach the sum­mit, un­der the four to five hours hours she ex­pected it would take to walk the dis­tance from Woodville.

“The last 3km were sheer hell. It was very steep and there was a head wind.”

Once she reached the sum­mit the full force of the bit­terly cold wind hit her.

“But it was all worth it and fan­tas­tic train­ing for

Machu Picchu.”

Tracey was di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS) two years ago. She re­ceived the in­au­gu­ral Mas­ter­ing Moun­tains Ex­pe­di­tion grant from the Mas­ter­ing

Moun­tains char­i­ta­ble trust set up by Massey BA alumni and MS suf­ferer Nick Allen.

Tracey is us­ing the grant to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru and with the help of Massey Univer­sity Bach­e­lor of Sport and Ex­er­cise stu­dent Ar­bie Hong, she’s in train­ing to tackle the trail. The walk to Whar­iti was to see how she’d man­age the climb.

Ar­bie is help­ing Tracey at Massey’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise clinic twice a week do­ing res­pi­ra­tory train­ing with a breath­ing re­stric­tor and walk­ing around the lo­cal hills any chance she gets.

“The Massey team has been my sav­ing grace and Ar­bie has been train­ing me since the end of March. I’ve im­proved leaps and bounds.”

Tracey has re­laps­ing MS which means se­vere fa­tigue and all Tracey wants to do is sleep. She re­lapsed in Fe­bru­ary and lost all feel­ing in her right leg.

“I also had deep vein throm­bo­sis in that leg which sent blood clots to my lungs.”

Tracey said it was touch and go for 12 weeks and the blood clots that formed are still there.

“I’m still bat­tling th­ese mon­sters as well as the weak­ness I’m try­ing hard to over­come.”

■ Woodville to Whar­iti peak is 14km, an al­ti­tude climb of 920m. Machu Picchu is a steep climb that peo­ple with­out dis­abil­i­ties strug­gle with.

■ Tracey is rais­ing funds for MS Cen­tral Dis­tricts as part of her train­ing. givealit­tle.co.nz/fundraiser/traceys-walk-towhar­iti-peak has so far raised $7000

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