As the season for climbing in the Himalaya draws near, it’s now down to final preparations for my third attempt of Mt. Everest.
In many ways, last year wasn’t a “real attempt” as we never even made it out of base camp. From a preparation perspective is that it certainly was an attempt. After the mountain was shut down, the entire group was still very much wanting to climb, which was inclusive of our Sherpa climbing partners. It was difficult to return home as I had gone there to do a job and was unable to complete said job. Of course, logically I knew that it was the right thing to do, which is to say, we weren’t welcome on the mountain. However, it was really tough to let go and leave Tibet.
With all that, it took until about December of last year before I fully committed to returning this Spring. It was hard to get back into the swing of things. It was hard to fire up and get excited about being gone for 6 weeks. Just like my second attempt, the decision to return was largely a result of the support by my kickass wife.
Fast forward a few months and training is in full swing. I’ve been sleeping in the Hypoxico for a few weeks and ramping that up every few days. At this point, I’ll just be making minor tweaks to my gear & setup as I have a pretty solid idea of what I’ll want/need to make the trip as enjoyable as possible.
I’m eagerly anticipating our arrival in Tibet and beginning our journey onwards.
We should have Internet access the bulk of the trip, so I’m hoping to keep the blog regularly updated, so stay tuned!