Antarctica Countdown 49 Days and Counting: Seven Weeks Sounds Longer

49 days! Seven weeks. Somehow seven weeks sounds longer. That it takes longer to live a week than seven days. Until a week zips by. I’m appreciating the countdown. It keeps me on my toes. It reminds me that every moment is precious whether I am preparing for a mountain or not. It’s funny how I both want the time to speed up (I’m tired of training and just want to get on with the adventure) and to slow down (holy crow-am I going to be ready in time?).

This quote by Steve Jobs caught my eye of late, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

In many ways, when I am preparing for a climb, most secondary things fall away as I have to make decisions about what to give up since training fills more of my time. Life often comes down to eating, sleeping, training and whatever else I can stuff in. There gets to be a momentum that keeps me buoyed and focused.

I included the photo above which is from some presentations I do and the life lesson of pausing to appreciate how far we’ve come (the red circle circles the tents/camp that we we carried a load from onto Karsten’s Ridge on Denali.  I often say, “when you are in the bowl of oatmeal, you can’t tell you’ve had a bite.” So on 40 days left, I’m pausing to reflect on the value of keeping track that both time and life are flowing by and hoping that I am making the best possible choices along the way. That and appreciating that I pulled another minute off my 500 step-up time this morning…I’ve gotten six minutes faster…which gives me back six precious moments in which to be present and accounted in…


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