10 days later and I’m back…

10 days later and I’m back and I’ve been fighting tooth & nail been hard but great.. Here’s what I’ve been up to guys.

BASECAMP to interim CAMP & onto ADVANCE base camp.
Up earlyish good solid breakfast porridge & fried eggs .. today I feel well rested and ready to restart back into Mt Everest. Honestly I seriously feel that the correct decision few days back to drop down from 6450mts ABC to BC has been my saving grace in helping to conquer this most punishing experience of my entire sporting life, I mean its not even the physical Challange which is at times painfully numbing on the body but physiology trying  to hold it all together pain cold sickness despair moments of depression joy highs & lows” I mean it just sucks it out of you.
Anyway looking forward positively just left BC where Nima has fed me like mammy would have as a sick child at home at 5 years of age. His patience to get me well enough again must be commendable a true warrior of the wild and knows exactly how to bring you through it positivity. So n climb up to interim camp was good had a solid climb 10kms straight up the side of the ever relentless mountain, arrived in good form, no headaches, legs felt good god straight into my tent and chilled with a book – The Eiger obsession based on a climber called John Harlins life facing the mountain that killed him after, good read. Then cooked good dinner in the tent and off to bed early, restless enough night but caught enough zzz to do the job the next day as we set off early to ABC it was a nervous enough day as the last time I got to ABC it’s where it all when horribly wrong , but I must remind myself last time on route I was recovering from a bad ear infection and still finishing a strong course of heavy antibiotics  and gastro “stomach” issues drugs for that also along with diomox for catering with altitude, all in all I was a flame walking Mc Gees chemist.
Now I had dropped all that and flushed the system with tons of good hot water, only drug I  was now working with was the Diamox which on its own is working pretty well for me. So four and half hours later I rolled into ABC tired with the again relentless climb but in good spirits no headache and hungry, hot noodle soup & plate of hot beens veg & what looked like black & white pudding, didn’t asked just shovelled it down, dam tasty.

I got a call out to Sharon on the satellite phone to reassure her I’d arrived safe and well and in great form, I could tell by her voice she was relieved, not as much as I was..lol. It’s strange on this expedition, unlike others its different calling Sharon, hearing her voice & kids also leaves a lump in my throat …different but in a good way I still miss them as crazy as hell but I know I have to stay so focused on the job ahead & keep the positivity strong and they are helping. Sharon’s just unreal strong and I could have a better absent wing man, without her, it would be so much more harder.
I’m in my tent here now at ABC it’s 5pm on the 29th April and its probably -10 and the wind it just crazy hard I feel as if my tents just about to be ripped of the side of the mountain and I’m going to land in the glacier below.
There’s a guy beside me – mike an American, in the next tent and he’s coughing so hard due to the altitude that he’s coughing up fresh blood from his lungs it sounds so Painful & his Sherpa Pemba is with him making sure he what, doesn’t cough a lung up, cause Jesus it sounds terrible bad. In a way I’m somewhat glad for a change its not me, as I’ve had a belly full of sickness. Ok in the last 10 mins writing this blog the winds have turned to proper gale force, the expedition tents are specially built for this type of conditions & worse.

That’s it from ABC
29th April


This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Dave stewart

    Drinking a beer in sunny Brixton and thinking of you big man. Glad you are looking after yourself and have good people around you. Dave

  2. Brian McMullin

    Good to hear that you have got back safe and well. Continued best wishes. Brian

  3. Gerard O' Reilly

    Great to hear your on course for the summit. God bless

  4. Cathalmcdaid

    Glad to here your doing well and to keep your spirits up don’t know if you heard but another Letterkenny who man has left his mark in the mountains this weekend 5/5/2013 that would be Philip Deignan who win the tour of gila in Mexico not only win it but also took king of mountains jersey too know you would like to hear this some lad well deserved .. What is it with letterkenny men and mountains sure the town is flat ;)lol Anyway lad keep up the great work and safe journey may the gods be with you …….;)

  5. Mary larkin

    As always so enjoy reading your updates, grt insight into this mindblowing journey. U r doing brilliant Jason. Delighted for u, straight to d top !go for it! N yes u definitely married one truly amazing woman, Sharon with u evry step of the way. Stay safe. X

  6. elaine bradley

    not long left now sir.. u are nearly there!! Keep going we are all still praying that you will reach your goal and no doubt you will.. u are in our prayers. all the bradleys termon.xx

  7. gerard callaghan

    Up magharenan! Your doin great fella

  8. gerard callaghan

    Up Magherenan! You’re doin great fella, best wishes,GC and family

  9. eileen

    hi cuz, glad to hear from you again seems so long.. glad all is going well this time round. just take her handy and keep safe. chat soon x

  10. Helen Kelley

    Glad to hear you are feeling better and back on track! Keep her lit!!! Helen & Tim x

  11. John Muldowney

    Great to read your updates Jason, you sound like you’re relishing every minute of this life changing journey. Stay safe, big love to you from all here xx

  12. pierce

    good man yourself your doing mighty …

  13. Raelene McAteer

    Hi Jason,
    Keeping up to date on your adventures out here in California. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Get up there quick and safely cos I’m on tender hooks reading all this. Can’t imagine what it’s like for Sharon & crew (never mind you!).
    Take care,

  14. Michelle D.

    Great update Jason, keep ploughing on safely and you’ll be back at base camp Letterkenny soon. Take care and enjoy 🙂

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