Do I have to be fit?
Yes. Applicants have to be in good health and be aerobically fit. If selected, the participants must be prepared to train for the Basecamp Quest in the months prior to departure. Personal safety and comfort are increased with a higher fitness level.
Do I need to be a mountaineer?
No. Participants must however be able to trek with a lightweight rucksack for up to 5 hours on the longest day. It is critical to understand that Basecamp is at an altitude of 5,300m (17,400 feet), where the normal oxygen ratio in the air has fallen during the trek from 21% to an equivalent of 11%.
Is the location of my Ain’t No Mountain High Enough story important?
No. Your story must be personal to you, so the location is determined by that experience alone.
Is the date of my personal Ain’t No Mountain High Enough story important?
Yes. It has to have occurred within a recent period of employment and, as a guide, is a story that started no earlier than 3 years ago.
What are you looking for in the people that will be part of the Basecamp Quest team?
The theme of this criterion is As One. We will judge each application on its own merit and do not provide a checklist or set any boundaries. We are looking for participants who can remain a positive team player when in difficult circumstances.
Can I submit my application now?
No. The submission period opens in early October, so until then you have time to consider the selection criteria.
How do I submit my application?
When the online submission period opens, fill out the entry form and ensure you respect the character limits in each field. If your application is incomplete by the time the submission period ends, it will not be considered for selection.
Does my application have to be submitted in English?
The questions will be in English. Country applicants can respond in their local language. All regional and global applicants must respond in English.
Do I need to be fluent in English if I’m selected to participate in Basecamp Quest?
No, but we will have an English-speaking leader for the Basecamp Quest, so participants must have a basic proficiency in English.
Could I make my application in person instead of doing this online?
No. Applications are to be submitted online only, via the microsite, where you will find an entry form to fill in when the submission period opens.
Can somebody else submit my application for me?
No. Applications are to be submitted personally.
Am I allowed to submit my application during work time?
Does my manager have to approve my submission before I apply?
No. Each submission will be reviewed only after the submission period has closed.