In training for the climb
Multiple sclerosis sufferer
Tracey Hall says she smashed the walk to the
Whariti summit on
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
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