24-25th April
OH HOW MT EVEREST CAN THROW YOU A CURVE BALL .. When you least expect it.
So as you Know I arrived into ABC in great form and oh how that changed over night. I woke up yesterday the 24th ” I apologise to you all as I can’t get any connection beyond base camp”.. So yes you have guest it I’m back were it all started at base camp .
As I said woke up with slight headache which I brushed aside with the most awesome view from my tent sitting looking up the north Col only a few hundred meters to my right & straight out in front the Snow White field of the Rombuk glacier. I had lost my apatite and again I put it down to the altitude of approx 6.500 mts ย of ABC if you were to draw parallels that’s the equivalent of high camp 2 on the south side Climb of mt Everest. What’s that mean I hear you , we’ll that. Means that there south side ABC is much lower than the north and the north sides altitude gains per camp are much tougher on the body.
So then I decided to take a walk up towards the north Col & crampon point at approx 6.650mts slow & steady. The views were breathtaking as now I was looking right up the north ridge line & the summit I could see so clearly.
I spent 20mins up there just helping the body adjusting to the lack of air.
Conditions in ABC are very cold , headed back for some lunch but decided to lay down for an hour before hand and man when Nima woke me for lunch i thought I had just been run over by a bus – my head at the back was pounding ,I mean pounding proper and when I crawled out of the tent eventually I was dizzy and a feeling of throwing up ” which I didn’t thank god”.

Couldn’t eat anything at all , and in discussing the symptoms with Nima the obvious & the sickness I didn’t want to appear looked like it had struck.
The dizziness tough headache pointed toward full blown altitude sickness . I won’t go into the details as kids are viewing the blog, so we said at this stage as it was late we would monitor things overnight with a view to the only remedy GETTING DOWN IN ALTITUDE ASAP … Before things goes horribly wrong.
So I was happy with that and crazy as it seams had a great nights sleep ” Nima was checking me all night he informed me ” I awoke again to this crazy headache at the back of my brain traveling down back of my neck and into my spine. So no time to waste we gathered up our stuff and headed for base camp , I honestly didn’t know how I was going to get down to base camp it was 20 kilometers away and I was I’m pretty bad shape – the illness had left me lifeless & weak and putting one foot in front of the other was about all I could do. The route been steep with my head dizzy was interesting & Nima knew by my body movements things needed to happen As soon as.
Nima kept pushing to get as low as possible , next think the vomiting started & then the back door started both as green as fairy liquid washing up stuff. With flushing of water I got that under control and got a delorite in to my drinking jar to help replace lost minerals & electrolytes ..
Even though I was loosing my mind I still had a great laugh to myself on the way down, I was recalling this time myself & my cousin Micky Russell were racing this bike race called the ras and we both were sick as pigs coming into Enniscorthy town it was wet & miserable and we were so dosed with the flu & as we we paddling back to the B&B we stopped at a chemist and got the biggest amount of night & day tablet form and liquid form and when washed up we banged the whole lot into us , next morning still had the cold & flu but the legs felt fantastic , we were so far back in general classification that we didn’t fear drug tested” drug ban is codeine found then i in night & day hahaha – sorry for rambling but that sums up the day I had .
Anyway 8 hours staggering it took us reach base camp back were I started , yes I was disheartened but happy to be out of danger ,by now I’m feeling better with some hot food into my belly “as all I had in two days was a mars bar” and head pains was practically gone , with front end Nd back end dried up I now felt with out a shadow of doubt the right call was made at exactly the right time.
We are staying at base camp now for 4 day to recoup and get well again and then I’m heading back to ABC.
It’s just unbelievable how this mountain which just a few days ago I was calling majestic & jaw dropping , “today I have a few new words for it , but not for the online airwaves but I’m sure you can figure them out yourselves”
Can throw the maddest curve balls at you when you least expect it , one day your flying next your dying , then that’s the crazy nature of the expedition to the top of the worlds most highest mountain Mt Everest 8848mt.
So after all the drama over the last 48hours I’m still positive and focused on my summit bid.
I have to say Mt Everest is living up to its incredible leg-essay in its toughness to concur , tonight I feel she has dished me up starters and main course & desert has yet to follow.
So again thank you for all your kind comment there so encouraging at times like this.Positive & focused more thank ever tonight from everest base camp round 2



This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. denis kinsellla

    hey lad just hope the siclness go away that has to be the hardest for u now bec ur not eating but all our prayers are with keep safe

  2. PaddycDaid

    You’ve come off the bike b4 and got straight back on her big dog. I’m sure u’ll b up and at it in no time. Good call by the sounds of it! Good luck – nothing like a challenge! Paddy Mac

  3. Mark Ponsonby

    Go on Jason, head up and keep at it. thinking about you bro, I know youll make it.
    stay safe


  4. pierce

    you said yourself it wasnt going to be easy good rest and back at it just a little set back good man stay safe.

  5. Boyd Robinson

    Certainly not the first time you have been sick when youre away from home lad hehe. No bother to ye get the rest and back at it.

  6. Cathal mc Daid

    If it was easy lad everyone would be at it and your a cut above that lad keep er lit lad all behind you lad sometimes you have to step back to get a better footing and move forward again hope your not feeling too bad now get them mountain gods on face book and we will give them some action. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Gary Doc

    You’re a gas man J!! In stitches here at your description of the ” battle of Enniscorthy”!!! On nite shift and logged in not expecting a laugh but fair play. Your going well for an aul buck!! Get plenty of rest and whatever Nimi eats you eat!! When Nimi sleeps you sleep!! Haha. Head up and horse the dioralyte into you. It’s a far cry from that pint you were standing with at the door one day!! Strength and Honour!! Gary Doc

  8. Gerard O' Reilly

    Slight set back Jason. A good rest and away again. God bless

  9. Dave Stewart

    Hey big man. Didn’t tell you but I got choppered off Mera! So, keep going, but safely so. Wise downward move. Rest up and recoil that spring! Dave

  10. andrew gillespie

    hi jason. have a good rest and try again but listen to the body. if your feeling really bad drop down in altitude asap. keep safe buddy

  11. Gus O Driscoll

    A textbook response to a dangerous situation – Full marks & well done. I am sure after a few days the body will be fired up again and ready to attack- chin up lad you can do it! Cheers Gus

  12. Philip robinson

    Your hard as nails dude. Get your rest and back at it no bother to you

  13. Anne Robinson

    Good rest now and back at it Jason, We all know you have trained hard so keep the head up and you will get going soon again

  14. Valerie Bryce

    Hey Jason,
    Myself and a class full of 20 students are rooting for you every day and in particular when you’ve been thrown a curve ball like today. Sending you loads of positivity that tomorrow will bring you health and energy. As you said to the group yourself…its the getting back up after the knock down that determines the success in the end. God bless, V

  15. ciara black

    hope ur feeling better cuz and get a good rest.. Ur doing brilliant, super proud, stay safe <3 x

  16. Catherine McKinley

    Keep it up Jason, really enjoying the blogs. Kids fascinated by the info on Nima and his family and we’re all really enjoying being part of your amazing journey. Hopefully a few days rest will be enough to put you back on track onwards and upwards, everyone here behind you and wishing every success ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Stephen Shevlin

    Your doing great. Must be very encouraging to see the summit. A few days rest now and you’ll be a new man, rearing to go. best of luck

  18. Stephen Sweeney

    Get the rest and strength back and at it again. I always say nature let’s us know who is in charge every so often. Nothing worthwhile is easily achieved. Good luck and stay safe.

  19. Kay

    Sounds like a tough few days but you have all the work done over the winter, you know your body and how it responds under pressure so get the rest and good food and away again Jason take care. Great info.

  20. Marian Cullinane

    A few motillium etc. and you will be as right as rain… of luck we are all praying for you here in Mayo…you are doing well Lad……

  21. Marie sweeney

    Hey Jason, been following your blog since you left. Your doing amazing and this is just a small setback. Keep going mate, what your doing is unbelievable. Have every faith in you. Good luck and take care. X

  22. Denis sheridan

    Wise move Jason .thank you for sharing this amazing journey with us keep up the good work

  23. Tommy Lamb

    Keep er lit Jason.

  24. Kathryn

    Come on team Red! Regroup and kick that Mountains ass.. RAS memories – love it.
    Take care, so proud of you.


    Hey Jason. Suppose you havent got the diary with you by any chance..looking a few gigs!!
    Good luck with the next stage sir. Sounds like a hell of a ‘holiday’!

    Good on ya.


  26. Martin connaghan

    Hi there. Sorry to hear you were so sick, and hope you get well and ready for the next part of your journey to the summit. But if it happens again – get to fuck outa there. Best of luck as always, take care!!!

  27. Tanya black harrison

    Call upon you guardian angel to be by your side jason love you stay safe burning the light at home for you sending you warmth and wellness xoxo

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