Everest trek to lift Melville boy Kaleb’s confidence


Kaleb and Rod Sinclair in training for the Everest challenge.
Kaleb and Rod Sinclair in training for the Everest challenge.

MELVILLE father Rod Sinclair is helping his son, Kaleb, realise goals by organising a trek to Mt Everest’s base camp.

The pair leave Perth on Wednesday, April 12 and will spend eight days climbing to base camp, including breaks to acclimatise.

They have raised more than $5000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charity through a Facebook page they set up while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room after Kaleb had knee surgery.

“We were waiting for the final OK on Kaleb’s knee,” Rod Sinclair said.

Mr Sinclair discovered his son had lost confidence after the surgery that forced him to sit out sport, which made him a target for negative comments from his peers.

“It hurt me when I sat there watching him not have any confidence in himself,” Mr Sinclair said.

“A week before, we’d seen a sign at Mountain Design of the youngest Australian to climb Everest.

“Kaleb wanted to climb Mt Everest but I suggested we start a bit lower.”

He said the point of the trip was not to reach base camp but to build confidence in his son, which the process of planning and promoting the trek had already done.

The pair maintain fitness training, including weights, during the week and do a longer trek of 10km to 12km including hills each Sunday.

Kaleb has helped run fundraisers at Christ Church Grammar in Claremont where he studies, and the pair sought advice from adventure travel expert Blue Sheep Journeys.

The Booragoon Mountain Designs stores sent Kaleb a signed poster of Alyssa Azar, Australia’s youngest Everest climber, in honour of his efforts.

The Facebook page is called A Father, A Son and a Goddess.