Everest update, May 16, 2019
Thank you ! To everyone that supported Never Alone during my Everest climb. A total of $12, 265 was raised !
On Saturday, May 11th, I was medically evacuated by helicopter from Basecamp to Kathmandu. I spent that afternoon in Kathmandu hospital being treated for a number of things. I have been dealing with acute bronchitis (known as the Khumbu Cough) and also an unsettled stomach issue in Basecamp that has caused me zero appetite, nausea, vomiting and bowel issues for 10 days. I was going to the Basecamp medical tent to try to fix the issue, but trying to recover at 5,400m is extremely tough.
I’ve lost 26 pounds since leaving home (almost 15% of my body weight). I was 215lbs when I started training for the mountain, now I am 176lbs (down 39 pounds).
My Everest dream is done for this year. Right now it feels like I’ve failed, but deep down, I know that just by trying to climb Everest, I’ve SUCCEEDED. I’ve succeeded by following a lifelong dream that started for me when I was 14 years old. Going into this adventure, I knew the odds of summiting, so I’m not completely devastated. In the past decade, the summit success is 50%
One of the many success that I’ve achieved in Nepal is summiting Island Peak. It was a tough, technical mountain that is 6,189m high (2m shorter then North America’s highest mountain, Denail). I did very well on this mountain, given my novice abilities in technical mountain climbing, crevasse crossings and rappelling. I spent 3 amazing days on Island Peak.
One of the other successes is the exposure that I have brought to the Never Alone Foundation. I appreciate everyone who had supported The Foundation. The funds raised will go a long was in helping those who are affected by cancer.
I will spend a few days in Kathmandu recovering and being a tourist before flying home on May 18th.
Thank you everyone for the support. You were all with me up on the mountain.