After a great night sleep we woke to crystal clear skies. The mountains seem to shoot straight up to the heavens. As I had breakfast, I received a great message of encouragement and support from my love, Tracy. I just wanted to thank her for her words, they couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Today we trekked through the Pheriche valley and all the shrines of the fallen climbers. Tracy your support is priceless!
The shrines were everywhere and although I knew it was going to be a sobering experience I was not prepared for the emotional response I had. I rarely get chocked up, but then again this place can do that to you. I told my expedition leader I preferred to move on on my own, to Lobuche. I walked the next three miles in silence reflecting on the reality of the expedition I have embarked on. (A fellow climber snapped a shot of me walking ahead of the group)
The risk of this adventure can be high, but it’s completely within my comfort zone. I have prepared, trained, built-up experience, picked a great team, and have the love and support of family and friends. That being said I am humbled by my experience today but extremely excited to push on. Not everyone will understand why I do this but I wouldn’t live my life any other way. Onward and upward!