Lobuche trip report

I’m finally home from my Soldiers to the Summit expedition after what seems like a long time away. I’ve actually been home for a week now dealing with a case of giardia (a nasty waterborne parasite) on the expedition that manifested itself during my last few days in country. As they say, you can leave Nepal, but it doesn’t leave you. So I’ve been laying low over the last week trying to kick this tough illness. Seems there’s often a price to pay for reaching for big things.

The Adversity Advantage - Excerpt #2

As you may know, I just returned from a month long expedition to the Himalayas helping to lead a team of injured soldiers to a 20,000+ foot summit near Everest. One team member, Steve Baskis, is not only blind but has pretty serious nerve damage on his left hand. We had three amputees, three folks who struggle with post-traumatic stress, and others who struggle with brain injuries. To use a positive pessimism, "All our soldiers have serious disabilities, but at least we're attempting a dangerous high-altitude Himalayan giant."

A Lost Friend

The euphoria of our successful Soldiers To The Summit expedition has been dampened by the tragic news of the loss of our friend, Chhewang Nima Sherpa. Only seven days after he stood with us on the summit of Lobuche, Chhewang was fixing ropes near the summit of Baruntse, which is one valley to the east. He was at about 23,000 feet when a corniced ridge collapsed, sweeping him away. An immediate rescue was launched but it eventually had to be called off due the danger to rescuers.

"Race Across The Sky" Film Premier!

On Thursday, November 4th, the film about this year's Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race will premier at the Paramount Theater in Denver. Called "Race Across The Sky," this promises to be even better than the movie they made the year before!

Call for Nominations and Applications!

Do you know an exceptional student (between the ages of 14 and 21) who would benefit from a unique travel and leadership program? If so, or that's you, I encourage you to apply for the Rim To River Expedition! This trip will be from July 6 to July 17 next summer and the deadline for applications is November 15th.

Final Team Call from Kathmandu

Please join our Soldiers To The Summit team for a live broadcast from Kathmandu! It starts at 11 AM Eastern time and will last about an hour. You can ask the soldiers questions about their experience, either by typing them in or by voice if your computer has a microphone. Here is the registration link for Wednesday's final Lobuche webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/685125048

Summit Day was...

Check out this great little bit of ambush journalism by my friend and professional photographer Didrik Johnck!

A Climber's View

Brad Bull was with me on our Everest climb almost a decade ago and we've stayed friends ever since. On that expedition, he reached the summit with his dad, Sherman Bull, and they became the first father-son team to climb Everest (Sherman was also the oldest summiter, though that record has since been surpassed). When I brought up the subject of the Soldiers to the Summit Expedition, both Brad and Sherman leapt at the opportunity!

Anchor Center Hike

Now that our successful Soldiers to the Summit expedition is on the way home from Lobuche, I'd like to share some of the other things that have been going on. Not all adventures have to be big and sometimes small adventures can inspire as well.

Soldier's First Hand Account

Check out this personal account of our Lobuche climb by former soldier Chad Butrick. This was written while the experience was still fresh and raw in his mind. After losing his leg, Chad was actually told that he should give up an active life. I think his post gives a sense of what all our soldiers are feeling now.

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