Dr. Jon Kedrowski: Posted on Saturday, April 04, 2015 12:08 PM
Post #151: LHOTSE OR BUST! The Adventure to Nepal begins, headed for Everest and the World’s 4th Highest Peak at 27,940’/8516′
All great adventures must start somewhere. I am en route to Nepal now with so many thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams on my mind.
1. Here we go again
2. 8000m peaks are serious business, am I really doing this?
3. The chance to see Everest again is incredible, and this time I’m taking my skis.
4. Some Déjà Vu is definitely happening, so I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
“IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE (AND ON THIS TRIP) YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT AND EMBRACE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE ON SOME LEVEL IN ORDER TO PUSH FORWARD AND ACHIEVE.”
I plan on visiting this quote I live by time and time again on this trip…………
Sat April 4, 2015:
I’m resting in Doha in Qatar in the Middle East. I passed through here on the same exact day on my way to Everest in 2012 Three years ago. My flight to Kathmandu leaves in a few hours and I’ve left the comfort and safety of family and friends behind way back in Colorado and the US.
As I sit alone in a Comfortable hotel room with the hustle and bustle of the world left alone, I actually am pondering if taking my skis and trying to climb and ski from the 4th Highest Mountain in the world is the right decision. I’m actually sitting here and almost can’t put my thoughts down onto the screen…………what else is there left to say? I’ve made a decision and I am fully committing to it whole-heartedly. There is no turning back now and I am accepting the Challenge.
Climbing and trying to ski some or most of an 8000m peak is serious business. The only way to do this is to accept that I may not come home, But I know that nothing great comes easy. Success on this trip means many things……to most it means summiting this peak…..to me it means much more.
Sometimes I think Packing all this into my duffels is more challenging than the expedition itself! Thanks to Enerplex for the Amazing Solar Chargung equipment that we will be testing out all expedition long.
ANYTIME I AM ON THE GO: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0BUKpSr3v63z8pMNJUrbqgytYo9k4yfu0
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Follow along on this adventure and you will get to see an entire journey of success, because this entire adventure is meant to do just that…..when you look at your life every day from the comfort of your own home or office, you rest your arms on the rests of your comfortable chair or sofa, and you’ll get to see what happens to me on this trip as things unfold. If there is one thing I can provide is to let you know that whatever challenge you may face you should never give up and give it your best effort. That’s exactly what I will be doing out here and for the next 7 weeks, so please do the same in your own life.
This pilgrimage to the Himalayas is far from Unfamiliar. This will be my 3rd trip to Kathmandu and I will be trekking through the Khumbu again for the first time since 2012. I am excited yet nervous for my 3rd expedition to an 8000m peak and 3rd in 4 years. This will be my 11th International Expedition. What do I have to fear except fear itself? Not even Fear will have a voice when I am done with this trip.
FUN is my favorite word and my Goal on this project. If I am not having fun then why am I even bothering coming? Please do the same on your own life’s journey over the next couple of months and see where you end up. Although, as we travel into Nepal, there may be levels of fun like Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, or Type 4 Fun. (I am sure these will all be explained in good time.)
FUN WAS ALSO GETTING TO SEE MY GOOD BUDDY TERRY WITH AMERICAN, WHO’S SENT ME OFF ON A COUPLE EXPEDITIONS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS WHEN I LEAVE DIA. MY FRIEND DEB AT UNITED AIRLINES IS ALWAYS HELPFUL TOO DEPENDING ON WHICH AIRLINE I FLY, BUT I AM OFF TO A GREAT START!
GREETED BY THE GOLDEN BEAR IN DOHA….I’M ON MY WAY!
Though I am worried about so many things, I need to focus on things I can control and the rest of the trip will take care of itself and be resolved. The end result may be the Summit of one of World’s highest Peaks, Lhotse at 27,940′. As much as I want to write and inspire others along the way, I will also be brutally honest, this adventure is not for the faint of heart.
As always I will keep everyone updated on my progress and also want followers of this blog to know that I will do my best out there to control 4 things:
1. My effort,
2. My attitude
3. My Nutrition
4. My Technique. (Thanks Aaron Jenniges!)
Beyond that the mountain makes the decisions.
Even though I am grateful and thankful for my many sponsors and supporters who are sending me on this amazing trip, this is a stark reminder that the Mountain does not care who I am sponsored by. It can be ruthless and dangerous, but is can also be kind and rewarding.
At times my good friend Chris Tomer back in Denver, CO will offer up his commentary as well as his updates of where I am. He will also hopefully be spot on with his weather forecasts for the Upper Mountain come May when its time to try and get to the top. KDVR Fox 31 Denver and KWGN Channel 2 Daybreak will have updates as well as we get further along.
AN AWESOME PAINTING OF ME FROM MY SUMMIT OF EVEREST IN 2012, PAINTED BY CHRIS’ FATHER, DAVID TOMER.
LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING ANOTHER SUMMIT SHOT TO PAINT ON THIS TRIP.
I am always grateful for the good wishes sent to me from anyone who has a positive comment about my journeys when I take on a serious project or expedition. Looking forward to more of the same as we work towards Kathmandu, Lukla, the Trek through the Khumbu, rotations on Everest/Lhoste, and the Summit eventually.
Nepal is roughly 12 hours later than Colorado in the US. Starting with Lukla in a few days around Monday or Tuesday, I will have my SPOT beacon on every day I am on the move.
Thanks again for your awesome well wishes. See you In Kathmandu where I will update my progress and talk about the next step of this amazing trip.