A flicker of hopeThis is just a very short update as I am writing this in the internet cafe at Gorak Shep. Yesterday, I and six of my team members thought that we might be going for the summit this morning. Russell had looked at the weather forecast and thought that there might be a lull in the wind for a few days. He picked the members of the team he thought were fastest, strongest and had the best technical abilities and said that we had a slight chance that we could be going up. However, as it turned out the break in the wind did not seem long enough and going up could have been too dangerous. Well, it was certainly an exciting morning for me as for the first time in this trip I felt immensly emotional and actually a little bit scared. I guess when Russell said that we could be going for the summit it finally sank in that I really am going to climb the highest mountain in the world. I even had a bit of a cry in my tent – not necessarily because I was scared but because I was so close to finally set foot on the highest point in the world. Well, I guess I will just have to wait a little bit more.
Anyway, I will write more about the waiting game in a couple of days as I am sure that I will have lots of time to do so. In the meantime I would like to thank all of you for your lovely and encouraging messages – you have no idea how much I enjoy reading them! So, once again – thank you so much for all your support!