Hi everyone….So we’re off on Wednesday morning, the bags are packed and our crampons, ice axes and ropes are waiting for us at base camp Mt Rainier….Dave & I have over the past posts have told you all about the climb and are raring to go……thanks to our Families and friends for all your support and we look forward to showing you all the photos and videos of our climb on our return from the summit.
The last word goes to my beautiful wife Lisa in a letter she wrote to me and Dave…Thanks Babe xxx
Oh the places you’ll go.
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So………get on your way.
Wednesday is the day that Mike & Dave leave for their “Most Excellent Adventure” – climbing Mt Rainier with Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker. In a previous blog entry Mike has answered the question of why they are doing this trip. We can have a laugh and say it is their “Mid-Life Crisis” but I don’t think that is it at all. Climbing a snow covered mountain has been a dream of Dave’s and the opportunity arose which was also in his 40th birthday year so why not celebrate? As you all know Mike and I are very family focussed and our family extends to our very close circle of friends. And this is what this trip is – an opportunity for Mike to support Dave as a friend by doing something that they both want to do and in the process meeting a man they admire in Ed Viesturs (which may be a little bit of a bromance.)
So now the question is “How do I feel about this trip?” I am truly happy that Mike has the opportunity to go and our boys & I are behind him 1000%. Did I freak out when I heard of the avalanche on the mountain – of course, but I have never told Mike in our 25 years together that he can not do anything and I am not going to start now. It has been a difficult few months with the amount of time Mike has had to dedicate to training but thankfully he has learnt how to wash his smelly training gear himself. Both Mike & Dave are physically and emotionally in the right place and all good to go – giggling like school girls when they discuss the trip, but good to go.
I would like to say to both Mike & Dave that they are being excellent role models to all our boys by showing them how you have to work hard at both your private and work life to get the rewards.
To Dave – Enjoy the climb, keep safe, have fun and embrace the journey.
To Mike – Have fun, keep safe and enjoy the experiences. Take me, Mitch & Bay with you in your heart and know we have your back. Love you with all of my heart and could not be prouder of you.
And yes Dave I love you like a brother and am proud of you too x
Lisa x x x x x