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Why attempt to summit Everest?

“Because It Is There” George Mallory.

Well for me, there are many more reasons why.

  1. I failed to descend from Base Camp back in 2019 due to pulmonary and cerebral edema. I am curious to know if my body can overcome these effects of high altitude.
  2. I have experienced many things in my life and have often caught myself saying, ‘I’d love to try and summit Everest.’ Why not? I cannot find any good reason why I shouldn’t give it a go.
  3. I love the freedom felt in the high mountains – so far away from the stresses of everyday life.
  4. I love a challenge – this one is a real challenge as I have no idea if my body is capable of functioning at high altitude, it’s not like I can practice exerting myself at 8-9000m. It is an unknown.
  5. I have always lived on the edge and enjoy the adrenaline of danger & risk.
  6. I have some other very big plans for the future however I was told recently “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone (or not attempted)’
  7. I want to inspire people to attempt things they’re not sure they can achieve; the journey is a bigger part than the result. Failure to me is not having a go.
  8. In a strange way, I like to suffer. I don’t always enjoy the easy life. I want to experience the freezing, lack of oxygen, head-spins, blurry vision, no hot water, showers, change of clothes, electricity, make-up, or high heels etc. if I could live two hundred years ago, I’d be very happy!
  9. Preparation: I enjoy any type of preparation, especially when it is something completely new. I need a harness, boots, crampons, ropes, carabiners etc then I need to learn how to rock-climb and use the equipment.
  10. Adventure!
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