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It was the third day of climbing Everest and we were on time and making good progress. We

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I looked out onto an ocean of glistening white snow, with its deceiving angelic like pureness, the view took my breath away and I had to steady myself as I felt slightly light headed. It was the perfect picture, although no camera would be able to capture its beauty, its essence. As I stand there I feel so inconsolably alone and yet half of my team mates were stood right beside me. All of them feeling the same as me, I'm sure. My hands were covered in a cold sticky sweat, my feet senseless, my heart broken. It started off as my lifelong dream but when I achieved it, it seemed so minor to what I had lost to achieve it. My mother and father had always been into rock climbing and mountaineering, it was their favourite pastime. When I was six I began to climb with them, and just like them I loved it. The rush of being thousands of feet above the ground with just a few ropes stopping me from falling it made me feel immortal. When my mother died when I was just 15 and it destroyed my father. She had been battling with breast cancer for most of her adult life, she had countless operations to rid her of the vicious disease and after the third time in hospital we all thought she was free from it. But two months before my sixteenth birthday she fell ill again with migraines and dizziness. She went back into hospital and we sat around her bedside waiting for the results. ...read more.


We all began walking up the snowy slope; this was the beginning of something amazing. We walked for seven hours until we reached base one, this is where we would stay the night. We set up the four tents which would sleep two people. There was hardly enough room for one person let alone two with bags of supplies. Gerard and I shared a tent, neither of us were really tired still buzzing with adrenaline. We talked for hours, mostly about how thrilling the expedition was, my head slowly drifted toward the pillow, like a week magnet attracting metals. When I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, Gerard reached over and kissed my forehead softly and whispered "You have no idea how much I love you," then kissed my lips gently then pulled away and turned the lamp off. Even though the risks had been laid out to us they never really sunk in. We were doing this expedition for charity so because we were doing something for them we just felt there would be no complications. Bad judgement of the weather or fast changing weather can be very dangerous, and potentially cause fatal accidents. If we were to be too slow on 'summit day' and reached the summit too late we could be caught in an afternoon storm on the way down which could result in avalanches and blizzards. There are many medical conditions that could develop whilst climbing but all of us were fit and healthy so we just brushed them aside. There were so many things that could go wrong but we were all deluded by the magnificent views and the chance to achieve a life long dream. ...read more.


It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do leave my dying love to die all alone on the cold harsh ice. When the girls pulled me back up we had to make a decision, to abandon our life long dreams, or to carry on with the hope that's what our deceased team mates would have wanted. We decided to carry on as we believed they would not have wanted us to turn back, I know Gerard wouldn't want to me to give up. We set off again; it took us an hour to reach the last base before we reached the summit. It felt longer as we all walked in single file silently, even the snow didn't seem to crunch beneath our feet as loud as usual, the wind just seemed to stop blowing, it was like the mountain was grieving with us. The last stretch of the expedition was very quiet and solemn. My mind couldn't get the images of Gerard out of my head. All of my dreams had been shattered in just a few tragic minutes. My body was numb the only pain I could feel was the unbearable pain in my heart. I fell behind as the others walked ahead; they all gasped as they reached the top and looked out over the view from the summit. There was something I had to do before I reached the summit though, I put my hand into my pocket and brought out the black velvet box, I took of my gloves, opened the box and carefully took the ring out and slid it onto my wedding finger. Then I closed the box put it back into my pocket and carried on to the summit. ...read more.

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