This was my view a few hours later. Bottom line. I’ll be fine. Bottom line, I have no idea what this will mean for the bigger picture and thousands of little pictures in between.
I’m guessing hindsight will show that the conditions for HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema) and a bit of HACE high altitude cerebral edema) were set with me pushing to my limits too reach Camp Three and with me nursing a nasty cough since April 1.
I had a horrible night with super bad headache and coughing. I was hoping I could outplay and outlast both. We made it to the top of the icefall and descent wasn’t helping much. It was going to take double or triple the amount of time to get me through the icefall given difficulty breathing during any exertional ie slight uphill challenge. Given the extreme risk and tech difficulties, I wasn’t willing to ask my teammates and staff to face extra hours of life risk and so asked to be evacuated from just past Camp One.
I’d hoped to be flown to base camp for treatment but the Everest ER docs thought it best I be flown to definitive care.
So bottom line, I’m in Kathmandu and I’m not sure yet what will unfold. It’s hot. It’s noisy. It’s about a world away from where I want to be and still hold out some hope of getting back to. I wanted to tell all of you at once so rumours wouldn’t circulate. I’ll keep you posted. I am as you can imagine a bit discombobulated and devastated by it all. Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.