On the trail

Tragedy on Everest

Prayer flags to honor those we've lost.

Prayer flags to honor those we’ve lost.

The world lost incredibly brave people today on Earth’s tallest mountain, Everest.

My heart goes out to all of the friends and families of the Sherpas killed in what is likely to be the deadliest Everest avalanche to date. This mountain commands so much reverence and respect, and the Sherpas even more. They put themselves at risk every year to make the unaccessible mountain accessible for international climbers who crave the summit. I grew up reading about heroic climbs on Everest, and in every story it is the Sherpas that fill me with admiration for their dedication and strength.

While I don’t feel drawn to Everest personally, I do feel the gravitational tug of the Himalayas and feel so lucky to have climbed in among the tallest peaks in world in 2012. While my summit was challenging for me, it did not put my guides at substantial risk and for that I’m eternally grateful.

Feeling euphoric on top of my Himalayan mountain summit in the Langtang Valley, Nepal. Photo by Lauren Harvey.

Feeling euphoric on top of my Himalayan mountain summit in the Langtang Valley, Nepal. Photo by Lauren Harvey.

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