I saw her!
I really saw her! She was huge! Beautiful! Naked! Made of mountain!
Went on a short, relaxed acclimatization hike today and saw her, the big E, poking her head through the clouds. I had that moment where all of a sudden I felt incredibly tiny and I said to myself “Shit, I have to climb that thing??” It felt so far away and so frigging BIG. It might as well have been on a different planet.
While it definitely brings up those kinds of feelings, I also get really excited. It’s that feeling that I climb for, for that exact feeling. It’s hard to explain, but it’s something along the lines of that it humbles me; re-aligns me. Any problems I have in my life just disappear because I realize that they just don't matter in the grand scheme of things. I'm just a tiny insignificant thing and that massive Everest rock is millions of years old, bigger than most things I can fathom. It’s a pretty sweet feeling.
So there’s that.
We spent the rest of the afternoon in downtown Namche, forced into visiting a new cafe owned by the owner of the lodge we’re staying at. He was REALLY excited to take us all there and buy us each a coffee (he kept reminding us every 5 minutes until we agreed to go). Anyways, it was actually the chiquest place I’ve seen in the whole Everest Valley. It had trendy music playing, trendy lighting, trendy coffee, everything trendy. Very impressive for being in practically in the middle of nowhere. As Nepal is begging for any tourist business it can get, I gotta give it a plug: Sherpa Barista (follow them on Facebook HERE) and if you ever trek into BC, make sure to stop there and have a drink.
Tomorrow we head up to Deboche. We'll do the famous Tengboche hill, which is a killler only because it zig zags you up a path for some serious grueling elevation gain and then forces you down -- LIKE ALL THE WAY DOWN -- back to the valley river. Not cool, Tengboche. Not cool. Our lodge for the night is right after that.
Before I sign off, I’d love to make a couple of shout outs to my main sponsors of this trip. Both great companies doing really great things. The first, Lokai, you may know for their awesome life-balance bracelets. The bracelet holds both water from Everest and mud from the Dead Sea, signifying the highs and lows of life, encouraging balance. The company started for a similar reason as my charity: Alzheimer’s. So it made sense to partner as that’s what I climb for.
The second company is Denali Therapeutics, a research company looking deep into therapies to fight against cognitive affecting diseases. Their logo and company name is Denali, the tallest peak in America and they see that fighting these cognitive diseases is difficult and extremely challenging like climbing a peak. Hence the synergy.
I’d like to give them both a big thank you and am honored to take their logos up to the summit!