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REFLECTIONS ON CBTF CLIMB IN NEPAL

By Jesse Mahugh (brain tumor survivor)
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Jesse and Drago at Annapurna Base Camp
Jesse and Drago at Annapurna Base Camp

Thank you so much to everyone who supported me in the Everest Base Camp fundraiser for CBTF!  This trip turned out to be quite the challenge with its share of obstacles and frustration.  Sounds suspiciously like an adventure…

We spent 3 days in Kathmandu waiting for weather to clear up in Lukla, the starting point for the trek to Everest Base Camp.  The evening of the third day we were told that there was no chance to get there because the flights were backed and the weather still was not clearing up enough to allow planes to land at Lukla.  This was very frustrating and 4 members of the group decided to just head back home; likely losing the money spent on the trip.

The alternative was going to Annapurna Base Camp.  This is another substantial peak in the Himalayas (26,545 ft and the 10th highest peak in the world).  I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to do the Everest trek, but decided to do the Annapurna Base Camp instead.  I thought about how you can’t always control the weather or what happens to you in life, but you can control how you react.

This was a life changing as well as challenging experience and I’m so glad that I stuck it out.  I hiked up to over 15,000 feet which was a personal record for me.  Everest isn’t going anywhere and perhaps I will have a chance to take another crack at it.  If you would like to see pictures I posted many of them here: http://www.facebook.com/mahugh#!/photos.php?id=23503258

Life is an adventure and you never know what lies around the next curve; it could be as basic as bad weather or even a life threatening illness like cancer.  Whatever happens, I’m grateful for the friends and family we have to walk beside us on mountains and through the valleys.

-Jesse

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