This is the final approach into Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep, Nepal. You can see the very tiny silhouette of those who have arrived. There is still some distance to go, as I will eventually stand near where those tiny silhouettes are. But at this point, I knew I’d made it. The wind blew across Everest, Lhotse loomed to my right. And although altitude sickness and exhaustion were beginning to take a toll, I beamed with pride and became emotionally overwhelmed. I was here.
And if I could do that… if I could trek for eight days, at higher and higher altitudes, and continue on, pushing through… then what’s to stand in my way now? Is there really anything I’m working on now that is more challenging, physically, mentally, and emotionally, than this trek had been?
No. Not even close. Take a deep breath - and though it is not the same cold, crisp, thin air at 17, 700 feet, it is enough to gain perspective, put one boot in front of the other, and carry on.
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