Southern Arizona hikers reach Mt. Everest Base Camp

Justin Schecker

The group of Quail Creek hikers unveil their sign after reaching Mt. Everest Base Camp on May 10. (Courtesy: Joe Keegan)

Southern Arizona hikers reach Mt. Everest Base Camp

CREATED May. 21, 2013

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Age is just a number to a group of Southern Arizona hikers that reached new heights by trekking 18,500 feet to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. 

The average age of the seven Quail Creek hikers is just under 70.
"We asked our Sherpa leader and he said nope you guys aren't the oldest I've ever had," hiker Joe Keegan told 9 On Your Side. "He's had older. It is just a matter of getting yourself set and having the determination of wanting to do it."
Keegan said achieving this bucket list goal exceeded his expectations. 
When they arrived at the base camp on May 10, the hikers unveiled a sign saying "Quail Creek Green Valley Conquers Everest."
Their journey took them across suspension bridges and through mountain villages like Namche.     

Keegan said he plans to join other Quail Creek hikers for a climb up Mount Kilamanjaro in January.