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.
Tommy arrives in Shigatse, China, in pursuit of Brig, hoping to thwart Brig’s plan to commit suicide somewhere on the slopes of Mount Everest.
As Tommy was finishing his lunch, Brig and James were taking in the picturesque Tibetan Plateau. James turned out to be an excellent guide, and the views were stunning, though Brig seemed only interested in reaching Everest and was eager to keep going. James insisted that since he was in the area, Brig should tryContinue reading “The Death Zone – Chapter 11.3”
James pulled his jeep into the porte-cochere of the Shigatse Hotel. Brig was giving James the silent treatment. A young boy, dressed in traditional Tibetan clothing, ran up to the vehicle as James stepped out. The boy crossed his arms in front of his chest and stuck his tongue out at James. James returned theContinue reading “The Death Zone – Chapter 11.4”