Getting Scared Now

I don’t know if it is a good thing to admit if you are scared or not? As far as I am concerned, it is generally a good thing to have a healthy respect for the mountains, but to have fear, deep fear, is maybe just too much. I say this because today, I have to admit, I am now no longer just ‘looking forward’ to this trip, I am also worried, a lot.

It is now just six days (six days? – holy cow!) until I go to Island Peak. Today I wanted to remind myself of what I am I up against, to get ‘into the zone’ as it were, and so I did a little googling. As well as various YouTube videos of planes landing at Lukla Airport (and some not landing at all – I am still very haunted by the fact that none other than Sir Edmund Hilary’s wife and son were killed there in a crash landing) I came across various ones of the Island Peak climb. So I have posted one of them below.

The bits in particular at 1:46, 2:32, 2:47 and 3:16 give me the heebie jeebies. Did I tell you that I was scared of heights? Yes really! Check this out, the guy, who incidentally looks far more composed than I will ever be at sea level, let alone 21,000 feet with a cliff face each side of you whilst balanced on a tea tray width of ice, is at times on his hands and knees. I don’t think I’ll cope, seriously, with that section.

That’s all I have to say for now. I have so much to write about over the next few days, but it will have to wait. For now, I just need to absorb this, and worry a while. It is getting serious. Very very serious.

2 thoughts on “Getting Scared Now

  1. Nerves provide you with energy… It’s when you don’t have them, when you feel at ease, that’s when you should worry.

    Enjoy every minute of it and look forward to an amazing sense of achievement.

    Just a wee bit jealous.

    Anna

    • Thank you hugely Anna. It is certainly a journey into the unknown in so many ways, and I do indeed intend to try to make the most of every minute. I am lapping up a host of other people’s blogs and the like at the moment too, and then hoping to make sure I keep my eyes up and open and take it all in as far as I can.

      Best wishes,
      Chris.

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