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Love of Climbing


When you think of “love” – it usually is love between persons, right?

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But at our Madison Valley Woman’s Club meeting yesterday,
LOVE was expressed as it relates to nature and the love of climbing.
Our guest speaker was Wendy Gustin.

Wendy Gustin

Wendy doesn’t like climbing.
She doesn’t like it a little bit.
She LOVES it!!
Wendy told us about her adventures in 2017
when she hired a guide and a sherpa
and took off to climb Mt. Everest.
It is the Earth’s highest mountain above sea level,
located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.
Nepal and China run across its summit point.
Wendy reached the summit.
She is one of the 450+ woman in recorded history ever to do so.

The summit is 29,029 feet!!

The Summit

I had the privilege of sitting this close to the slide show.
After seeing a few slides in the presentation, I grabbed my cell phone.
I knew this was going to be a treat – and I wanted to share it with you.

I didn’t take notes in order to give you exact words,
but the pictures speak for themselves.
Just look!!

boots for mtn climbing

Strap on your 20 lbs of boots, and let’s go!

Tiny airport

The tiny airport where she landed
is one of the most dangerous in the world.
(Sorry I don’t remember its  name)
Miss the landing and you end up in the mountain
sooner than you anticipated!

Start Everest climb

The steps were steep, but much more doable than
the glacier-covered, steep mountainsides.

2 climbers - Everest

Doesn’t look THAT steep, you say?
Guess again!

Base Camp

Those tiny orange and yellow specks
at the bottom of the glacier are the tents
at Base Camp.

row of climbers

Climbers had to connect to a single rope
that guided their path – and required teamwork.

Ladder-Mt. Everest

No way you’d catch me climbing that ladder!

(My kitchen stool –
and the circular staircase
to my sanctuary each morning…
that’s my idea of climbing!)

Hats off to the brave souls
who love this kind of climbing!

 

Ice Flow- Everest
They had to navigate these kinds of ice flows.
Wendy said to look carefully –
can you find some climbers up there??

tents-Camp2
Here is Camp 3.
From this 20,000 ft. level, they climbed
up to 25,000 ft. and back down to this camp
several different days to get acclimated
for the final climb to the summit.

The wind at this level was brutal at times.
We saw a video of the tents being blown away
(if they did not have climbers in them to hold them down).

Sherpas in tent - bkfst
This is the sherpas inside Wendy’s tent.
They greeted her each morning,
“Good Day, DeDe!”
as they gave her the hot tea
they had prepared for her.
(“DeDe is a term of affection and greeting
used by the Nepalese).
They also made her breakfast.
Wendy said she got pretty spoiled!

12 sherpas

This is the sherpas’ tent.
Many of them stay the whole season
up there at the 25,000 foot level!!
Some are born at the 17,000 foot level
and are acclimated from birth to these elevations.

Top of Everest

It is hard to imagine the exhilaration
of reaching Mt. Everest’s summit!

Have you ever had a hankering
to do something like this?

I have the utmost respect for Wendy,
her team, her courage,
her determination and tenacity,
her success!!

Imagine the fitness routine,
and savings plan, for 5 to 10 years
to get ready –
strong enough –
and have sufficient funds –
to do this.

Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Congratulations, Wendy!
Thank you for sharing your passion
and the beautiful slides with us.

My pictures of them often reflect light-
and do not do them justice,
but you, my friends, got the idea, right?

Wendy Gustin- end
Do you LOVE climbing?
I must say, it’s not one of my passions,
but I certainly enjoyed doing it vicariously!

What is YOUR passion
that you’d train and save money 
for a decade to be able to do?

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Tell me about it. What do you love THAT much?

See ya tomorrow.
Have a Fabulous Friday night.

Raincheck


flying people fly levitate

Bouncing in puddles

Singing on a rainy day

Storms cannot stop us

.

Waiting for sunshine

Can take a very long time

Don’t take a rain check

.

Weather every storm

Get up and put your shoes on

Puddles await you

boy jumping near grass at daytime

Photo by Luna Lovegood on Pexels.com

True Awakening


A Selection of True Awakening Experiences Part III

Originating at:

http://www.memymagnificentself.wordpress.com

http://memymagnificentself.com/2018/09/17/a-selection-of-true-awakening-stories-part-iii/

Vibrancy After the Awakening

Awakening to the coming of death
Is a True Awakening experience.
Much as I love the colors of autumn,
I realize these leaves are on their way out.

The vibrancy of fall leaves
Reminds me of the sudden, unexpected
Alertness of both my parents
Just before they left this earth.

Dad was unable to speak,
But his face shone and a tear
Trickled down his cheek as
He blinked in response to my question.

He squeezed my hand and blinked
When I asked him, “Will I see you
When I get to Heaven someday?”
That affirmation fills my heart always.

Mom was aware that she was breathing
Her last earthly breaths when she whispered,
“Go home. You have a big day tomorrow.
You need your rest. I am ready to go!”

Even though I tried to convince her
That it doesn’t work that way,
That God doesn’t take orders, and she
Can’t tell him, “Get my room ready!”

She knew. She was ready. And He better
Come now  – – – and have that spot for her
Next to her beloved husband of 60 years
Ready for her heavenly occupancy.

Sure enough. I received a call saying
She had breathed her last breath
That night – and her True Awakening
Was in that room – ready and waiting.

Mom and Dad are as vibrant today
As the bright orange aspen in autumn.
The blink, the squeeze, and the last of
The Mother-Daughter instructions live on!

Go home! You have a big day tomorrow.
You need your rest, so be prepared.
Get the room ready… guests are coming.
And you must be prepared for their

True Awakening!

http://memymagnificentself.com/2018/09/17/a-selection-of-true-awakening-stories-part-iii/

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