Why Mandy Moore Just Hiked Mt. Everest

"It became abundantly clear that this experience was going to be one of physical discomfort, personal challenge, and fundamental spiritual growth."
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Actress Mandy Moore is all about living an inspired life. Last year, the "This is Us" star ventured up Mount Kilimanjaro, crossing off a life-long bucket list item. Recently she went  to great heights with another adventure: hiking up Mount Everest to its base camp.

The actress has been sharing her journey on Instagram, expressing her thoughts about an undertaking that both physically and spiritually challenged her. 

"I went into this Everest viewing trek relatively blind. Not unprepared, mind you...but I wanted to venture forward into the unknown with an open mind and heart and as free of expectations as possible," she wrote.

Continuing: "It became abundantly clear that this experience was going to be one of physical discomfort, personal challenge, AND fundamental spiritual growth. Sign me up." 

The star eventually made her way to Everest's base camp on May 29th around the time an American lawyer became the 11th person to die during the climbing season, according to CNN. It's been one of the most tragic seasons for the famous peak and surrounding summits with a total death toll of 21 in the Himalayas since the beginning of spring. 

With reports of traffic jams, death, chaos, and carnage on Everest, Moore's message that she's placing more importance on the journey and not the destination seems all the more poignant. 

"We also decided as a group to refer to our trip as an 'Everest viewing trek' in case our plans deviated from the original goal of making it to base camp, placing greater importance on the journey and not the destination," she wrote on Instagram before reaching base camp. 

Once Moore reached base camp, she made another important note of her experience juxtaposing it with a newfound insight on life

"Besides hydration and staying nourished, breathing is THE vital key in the fight against altitude sickness," she wrote about her arduous trek. "It’s also a major takeaway that I will be employing back to the real world whether I’m in the midst of a tough workout or a weird day. Mind blown."

Breathing and surrounding herself with Mother Nature are key ingredients to how Moore tries to keep her life as healthy and balanced as possible. She recently shared with Organic Authority in May that she meditates to "fill herself back up" and often disconnects in nature because "when you disconnect from the outside world the conversations you have are different."

As for her latest outdoor adventure, Moore wrote, "It's easy to daydream and make big plans when you're down at sea level but it's a much taller order to do it while in the grips of something truly difficult. Message received."

Adding, "I dug deep while in the midst of all of those pressure breaths and made a mental list of things that scared me but I was anxious to tackle. Now that I'm back on solid ground, I can't wait to home and get to it."

Moore's story proves that we don't always need a particular goal or summit to reach. Sometimes it's simply the journey of experiencing of something new and challenging that can provide our most powerful lessons. 

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