Mandy Moore Just Went on the Ultimate Walk to Remember & Hiked to Mount Everest Base Camp

Mandy Moore just took her rugged dreams to new heights.

After reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania last year, the 35-year-old This Is Us star just completed her latest bucket-list hike. Spoiler alert: It was a big one.

Moore, along with friend/hairstylist Ashley Streicher and educator Chase Weidman, hiked to the Mount Everest base camp in Nepal. The actress reflected on the experience and her involvement in Eddie Bauer’s #WhyIHike campaign on Instagram in a lengthy caption.

“There’s no way to distill this experience down to a few sentences. There’s no way to encapsulate what coursed through our veins and brains living in the mountains this past week. It will come in time,” Moore began.

She went on to say that being outdoors makes her feel most like herself, even though it’s very much out of the norm for her. “There’s something entirely refreshing about being tasked with nothing more than breathing and slowly putting one foot in front of the other,” she explained. 

Moore also thanked those who joined her on her excursion, including her friends and world-record-holding guide Melissa Arnot Reid (the first American woman to reach the top without supplemental oxygen).

mandy moore in nepal
Julian Apse

“We shared everything: laughs, toilet paper, snacks, skincare, the silly songs that got stuck in our heads, milk tea, selfies, the ‘happy naturals’, etc.…all the makings of a quality trip to the most remarkable place any of us have ever been,” she wrote.

Moore opened up about being amazed by the courage in her hiking gang, writing, “I’m also left inspired by the collective perseverance this group had to help each other every step of the way and to watch as we all met this shared goal of reaching base camp together is something I’ll never forget. Thank you to our friends at @eddiebauer for making this happen!”

The group completed the 17,600-foot climb in just a week.

mandy moore at mount everest
Julian Apse

Upon reaching the basecamp, Moore and friends visited local families working in the Himalayas in partnership with the Juniper Fund. The organization provides financial support, vocational training and small business grants to workers at Everest so they can thrive.    

mandy moore at mount everest base camp
Julian Apse

Last month, Moore, her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, and friends trekked through the South Island of New Zealand.

Anybody else feeling inspired to visit their local REI?


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