Next move inspired by Sir Ed
Within the next three months Angela Hampton hopes to cross not one, but three items off her proverbial bucket list.
The former Matamata College student plans not only to complete a marathon, but also to travel to Nepal to trek to Everest Base Camp and to volunteer at an orphanage.
Angela moved back to New Zealand in October after living in the United Kingdom for three and a half years and had been unsure about what to do next.
‘‘All these things I have always wanted to do and have always talked about, so I thought why not do them now while I’m deciding what my next step is.’’
On April 26, Angela will fly to Kathmandu where she will meet up with an Intrepid tour group to make the journey to Everest Base Camp.
The trip takes two weeks and will involve six to eight hours of trekking a day, while also battling altitude sickness – which is what she’s most nervous about.
‘‘To be honest when I first booked it, for about three weeks after, I was like ‘what have I done’.’’
Sir Edmund Hillary was partly her inspiration and she said it would be an experience to be in Nepal for the 60-year anniversary of his conquering the summit of Everest.
After reaching the base camp, Angela will return to Kathmandu before heading to an orphanage to volunteer for a month.
She wanted to make sure she was placed where help was most needed so opted to volunteer for a local organisation Hope and Home.
They will place her with an orphanage and she will stay with a local family, immersing herself into the local culture.
‘‘It’s going to be very different, it will be my first experience living in Third World conditions,’’ she said.
‘‘I have always travelled nicely and had nice things around me so I think this will make me appreciate things a lot more.’’
It was on a one- year exchange to Denmark while in high school that Angela first became interested in the way other people live, she said.
‘‘I realised I wanted to do more than see the world – I wanted to see the people.’’
In preparation for working in the orphanage, Angela has been helping out at Te Poi School.
‘‘I have never really been surrounded by children, so I wanted to get some experience before I go.
‘‘It has really given me more confidence and I have got a lot of great ideas.’’
As well as spending time back at school, she has been using marathon training to raise her fitness for the Everest trek.
Last Sunday, she competed in the Stirling Sports half marathon in Auckland and on March 23 she will run the Dual Marathon at Rangitoto Island.
Her brother-in-law, who is an Ironman coach, has been helping her to train and she runs anywhere from one to three hours a day.
‘‘ A marathon is something I always thought I could never do,’’ she said.
‘‘ It’s like the ultimate challenge, it takes months and months of committed training.’’
However, training did mean she could eat as much as she liked, a privilege she would not enjoy in Nepal.
‘‘I’m a bit worried about the food, I’ve been told it will most likely be two meals a day of rice and curried vegetables. But I guess it’s all part of the experience.’’
After finishing at the orphanage she will have an extra week in Nepal and hopes to see some of the sights, despite it being monsoon season.
‘‘I really want to go see the rhinos; they have always been my favourite animal. That week will give me some extra time to see what I want to do next.’’
Intrepid: Matamata’s Angela Hampton is preparing for a trip to experience what life in Nepal is like.