September 2014

 

So I’m an “arm chair” adventure addict, especially when it comes to Mt Everest! I’ve read a large number of books on Everest, bought the maps, and “YouTubed” countless clips! An Everest Addict, just never been there….. until the opportunity came up.

In early September 2014, I picked up off Facebook, that Sean Wisedale and a group of climbers from South Africa were planning a trip to Mount Everest in March 2015.

It was time to “tata ma chance” and see if I could join them!! I knew Sean from years gone by and followed his many epic adventures on Facebook. The idea of spending time at BC, (Base Camp) and assisting the team in achieving their goal, was too great. I needed to make contact!

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Sean on the top of the world!

I send a note though to Sean expressing my desire to join the team. I could assist with pre-departure logistics and contribute towards camp management and communications at BC. It was a long shot, but worth the ask!

A few days later I got a positive reply back from Sean. “Come in and see me and let’s chat!”

At Sean and Kathy’s house in Umhloti, we talked through the opportunity. Sean was keen to have me along. I just needed to convince Belinda, my wife! Being away for 6 – 8 weeks was a big ask from Belinda, considering we have our kids Daniel and Jenna to consider. Well, B knows me all too well, and understands my “spirit of Adventure!”

With Belinda’s blessing, I was free to go! She understands my need for adventure, a break from the mundane social matrix that engulfs our lives.

Let the journey begin!!

The first men to the top : Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.

The first men to the top : Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.

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