Brig and James reach Tingri.
Tommy hires a guide to help him reach Everest Base Camp and catch-up with Brig.
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.
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”
Early Friday morning James Wilson rolled up to the Lhasa Shangri-La in his 4WD Jeep Wrangler. The day was crystal clear and bitter cold. James’ greeting to the doorman took physical form as his breath turned to ice. The weather forecast showed a storm moving in, but it was slow and wouldn’t hit the areaContinue reading “The Death Zone – Chapter 11.1”
Oh, shit, Tommy thought as he read Brig’s message. He had pushed Brig too hard and now Brig had blocked him, which was a genuine tragedy. Tommy had something Brig desperately wanted, and Tommy desperately wanted to give it to him, or more correctly, sell it to him. But what could he do now? HeContinue reading “Lhasa – Chapter 10.11”
The morning before their scheduled departure, Brig received another blustering text from Tommy. The content of the message was like those that Tommy had sent him before. However, this one had a hard and demanding edge. “DO NOT GO TO EVEREST! I have critical information that involves you and Happy. For reasons I won’t goContinue reading “Lhasa – Chapter 10.10”
Brig spent November working out and getting stronger. His progress was slow at first, but as he acclimatized and his body healed he became eager to get moving toward Everest Base Camp (EBC). It had been an unusually cold November, and the snow and ice had piled up around the city. James tried to convinceContinue reading “Lhasa – Chapter 10.9”
For the umpteenth day in a row, Brig awoke in pain. He swallowed a pair of his NSAIDs and pulled on his new gym shorts. He would begin training for his trek to Everest Base Camp today. As he laced up his shoes, Brig saw James Wilson’s business card sitting on top of his nightstand.Continue reading “Lhasa – Chapter 10.7”