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On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay  succeeded where many before them had failed and even died in the process – they reached the summit of Mt. Everest, 29,028 feet above sea level.

The preparations for their climb to the top of the world, though, had actually begun many months before and many miles away, at the end of 1952 in Wales.

Much like them, the preparations for the climb to our peak will begin several months before the date we actually make our final assault on the summit by toeing the line at our last Cross Country meet in October.  There’s a long, arduous, but rewarding trail before us – and it all begins at Base Camp!


Base Camp is where we come together as a team to bond, set goals and prepare for the season ahead.  In addition, we’ll also spend some time running, playing and challenging ourselves.

This is where the challenge for the new XC season is taken up.  It’s where the great Cross Country teams of the past at SM West have been born.  It’s where individuals make a commitment to something bigger than themselves in order to accomplish something greater than any one of us could on our own.  You are the future of this team! Join us this year at Base Camp to begin laying the foundation for what that future of our team will be built on.


“I am here for a purpose,

and that purpose is to grow into a mountain,

not to shrink into a grain of sand. 

Henceforth will I apply all my efforts

to become the highest mountain of all

and will strain my potential

until it cries for mercy.”

– Og Mandino


Base Camp is open to any runner who will be on the high school XC team at West next fall, but we will be limited to just 16 at camp this year so don’t wait to sign up. Cost for camp is $180 if registered before 4/30, after which it will go up to $200.

We’re excited to announce that for the first time this year Base Camp will be held at the Bridge 23 Running Camp which was specifically designed for XC teams and has all the amenities needed to make for a great camp that will propel us to higher heights in the upcoming season. Registrations and more info about the camp can be found at the following link. Registration is limited to 16 runners this summer so register early!


Registration holds a spot for you at Base Camp and signals a commitment to our team and our dream for the new season. That is exciting, but with commitment comes expectation. It is expected that outside of family trips runners registered will maintain at least 90% attendance at summer conditioning leading up to Base Camp. If a runner is not able to meet that expectation, their registration will be refunded and the spot will be opened up to another runner who meets that standard.