Brig, James and Tommy rest at Rongbuk, as Brig realizes that he now has something to live for.
Brig establishes his final resting place only to be rudely interrupted.
Brig awoke from an uninterrupted sleep feeling better than he had in months. Due to the altitude, it was difficult to breathe, but Brig felt energized and eager to be on his way. Another cruel irony, Brig grinned and prepared himself for his final act. He sat up and turned on the light next toContinue reading “The Death Zone – Chapter 11.13”
Brig writes goodbye notes to those he is destined to leave behind and prepares for his death.
The road to Rongbuk was treacherous, and even the Jeep’s heavily chained tires occasionally had difficulty finding traction. There were several times Brig thought he would have to abandon the vehicle and walk the rest of the distance to the monastery, but each time the jeep dug in, and Brig was able to continue. TheContinue reading “The Death Zone – Chapter 11.11”
That night Brig slept fitfully, partly because of his partner’s snoring, but also because of the high-altitude. He no longer suffered from headaches, but at this altitude, he struggled even harder for every breath. He couldn’t fathom how some elite climbers were able to summit Everest without oxygen. Freaks of nature. Brig thought respectfully. AtContinue reading “The Death Zone – Chapter 11.10”
Brig and James reach Tingri.
Tommy hires a guide to help him reach Everest Base Camp and catch-up with Brig.
James and Brig woke up early to continue their assault on the Tibetan Plateau. Brig had slept poorly as the Kiwi turned out to be a world-class snorer. Brig had tried to quiet the big man several times during the night, even inserting a dirty sock into his mouth, but nothing had worked. “Dude!” BrigContinue reading “The Death Zone – Chapter 11.7”
Brig and James continue making their way to the Rongbuk monastery.