Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 31

bit about your adventure as you started the climb?

Yeah, mountains like Everest take sixty days. I was preparing and training for two years in a row and I had to climb many mountains all over the world, and get training for [that kind of climbing] to be ready for Everest. Finally, I was on Everest. The season is April and May every year that all the climbers from all over the world go to Nepal and climb Everest. When I was on it on April 25, 2015 last year, a seven point eight earthquake struck Nepal and rocked the highest mountain in the world. I was at twenty thousand feet climbing in the famous Khumbu Icefall, which is a huge glacier. It is the most dangerous unstable part of Everest. [It] includes fifty ladders over deep crevices that have maybe a three hundred feet drop. Some of them, you cannot even see the bottom. We are crossing these fifty ladders; some of them vertical, horizontal, or forty-five degrees. We cross all these ladders to get to Camp One. I was climbing an ice wall — I was on the fifth ladder when the earthquake hit us. The whole wall started shaking left and right. An ice tower collapsed on my left-hand side and a piece of ice the size of a car fell down on my right-hand side. The wall started breaking down. I felt that I was inside the avalanche. There was so much debris and snow in the air that I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t see anything. I covered my nose and my mouth and I climbed up and I clipped myself to the anchor and I thought, “This is it. This is the end. I am going to be buried alive under the snow and nobody can ever find my body. This is the end.” I was really sad, I was really scared, but I felt a little peace knowing that I was dying for a good cause.

After a few minutes, everything stopped.