Safe at EBC
Back at Everest Base Camp. All team members are in good shape; 4 out of 5 of us [Hybrid Team] made it to the top on Friday the 13th. There aren’t enough words to describe all that has happened here. I was fortunate to be the first [on the expedition team] to arrive at the summit and had about 10 minutes of the place to myself.
The weather has since turned nasty. Winds have picked up and IMG team leaders instructed those at the higher camps to descend. As I’ve shared with many of you, the job’s only half done when you’ve made it to the summit–or as far as you can–because you must get down! It’s incredible that I summitted, but more importantly, I am safe. We were fortunate to make it because conditions were deteriorating quickly. It felt like we snuck in just in time. I don’t think there will be any summit attempts the next few days.
I feel, and probably look a lot like a skinny, 17-year old track star. The mountain demands so much from our bodies yet I’m also amazed at how strong the will to live is. I’ll have more to share about this subject along with other tales of extreme cold, the thin air, frostbite and even frozen corneas.
I’ll need another 10-12 days to not only pack my gear, but to recharge myself. I’m sure there’s a nice beer waiting for me at Kathmandu! I might need a couple seeing that I’ll be ahead of the yak carrying my gear.
Finally, many thanks to all who followed and shared this journey with me. Your comments and encouragement have kept me company throughout this quest.