Another mountain to climb!

Since I last wrote, life had pretty much returned to normal!  The routines of life had become familiar once again: work days, Grannie days, family days and church life alongside my usual 3-monthly check ups at the hospital. All is well (I remain NED, no evidence of disease)!  Until suddenly without warning, all that changed! A…Read more »

Counting blessings!

Descending this mountain continues….. Over these past few months I having been continuing to live life! Putting one step in front of the other, taking time to savour the things around me; blessings both large and small. The little things of life take on a whole new meaning when you’ve faced the prospect of losing…Read more »

What a difference a year makes!

This time last year I had just come out of surgery! It marked being halfway through my treatment for cancer! One year on and  I am writing this post from beside the sea! We are enjoying a short break away to recharge our batteries after a busy few months! All climbers know that reaching the…Read more »

On top of the world!

A few months ago, one of my dear friends sent me this card! She said it was to cheer me on to the summit! Today I can happily, joyfully, gratefully and humbly say that I have reached the summit! I first received the news late last night with a message from my oncologist. I was due…Read more »

Summit in sight!

I started to write this post in the airport as we travelled back from the USA! We had been there for three weeks visiting our family and friends. When I was given my diagnosis last October, my doctor said I couldn’t fly. The news not only meant I had to face treatment for cancer but also…Read more »

Climbing higher!

  The last big challenge when climbing Everest is the Hillary Step at almost 29,000 feet above sea level. It is a forty-feet vertical ice and rock wall that is named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first mountaineer to reach the summit with Sherpa Tensing in 1953. This technical challenge is up in what…Read more »

Avalanche!

In all the accounts I have read of climbing Everest, the danger of avalanches is never far from the climbers’ minds. They can happen at any minute and threaten to overwhelm the climber within seconds. They are dangerous As I mentioned in my last post, I had been recovering from the operation, managing pain and…Read more »

Thin Air!

As climbers ascend to higher altitudes the air becomes thinner. The effect of this is decreased oxygen in the blood, which can cause altitude sickness.  More effort is required for each movement and it’s common to experience nausea, dizziness, fatigue and breathlessness.   Over the past few days I have experienced all these – plus…Read more »

Harsh terrain!

A few nights ago I was lying in my warm, cosy bed listening to the roar of gale force winds whistling around my house thinking what it would be like being in such weather in a small tent camped on the side of Everest. That is what climbers there can experience! I can’t imagine how scary…Read more »

The first challenge!

  The first challenge when climbing Everest is scaling the Khumbu Icefall. It is described as one of the most dangerous parts of the ascent. It is where the Western Cwm glacier of higher up becomes a gushing river of frozen ice constantly moving at about one metre a day as it is squeezed through the mouth of the…Read more »