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3 Weeks to Everest 2008!!

alan.jpgThree weeks, six hours, four minutes and … well you get the idea! I can’t believe that after a year of planning, training and dreaming it is almost time to leave for Kathmandu.

After 17 or more expeditions, I have everything I need so there will be only a few last minute purchases.

I will send another dispatch before I leave introducing my teammates.

patrickrobert.jpgI am continuing my training and will up to the weekend before I leave and have to pack all my bags. My friends Patrick and Robert have been great partners especially in the hurricane force winds with driving snow!! Thanks Guys.





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Most of my time right now is spent giving presentations on my previous Everest climbs and raising awareness and funds for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. I just completed a four stop tour in California and will do five next week in Colorado.

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The best one was to 200 2nd though 5th graders. Their energy was contagious! I had a huge smile on my face the entire presentation. The best question was from a young girl: “How do you know when you reach the top?”

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At the end of my presentation, which could have gone on for hours with all the questions, the student council presented me a check for the Cure Alzheimer's Fund. They had raised money through a bake sale. They made my day!

My sincere thanks to my friends Bryan Mekechuk and Jo-Anne Sinclair and to Katie Cutler with Cure Alzheimer's Fund for their tireless help with the events.

The last few weeks before a big expedition are a time of contradictions.

I cherish each moment at home, sharing a meal with Cathy, sleeping in a warm bed with clean sheets – on a real mattress. I look at “my” Colorado mountains with appreciation. Time with my friends take on new meanings. And each brush of their tail on my leg creates a lifelong memory of my precious kitties.

A serious tone often takes over my mind and my eyes focus on nothing. My mind goes to high up on the Hill as I walk through the routine. I can almost feel the chill against my cheek, the numbness in my fingers, the glare of the sun in my eyes. But a soft “meow” brings me back. I am still home.

I am often asked how I feel at this point – excited, anxious, afraid? Any second thoughts? As you would expect – all the above except for the second thoughts.

This is my climb. I know myself and how I do in the mountains. I have put the work in to be ready for this. The four “training” climbs gave me what I wanted – more experience and more confidence.

But this is more than just another climb.

I spoke to my Mom this morning. She was doing well. I told her only three weeks to go before I left. She didn’t remember that I was going back to Everest. She didn’t remember that I had gone twice before. Then she asked me again “Now, where do you live?”

Remember: Memories are everything

Climb On!

Alan

Comments (1)

I really hope that this news of the north side being closed until 5/10 does not come to fruition an affect your plans!

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