A big joyous howdee mate to all of you ,it has been a freaken while ,and is somehow now becoming a cancerous fashion that my posts are delayed and quite random . Somehow i figure its in my gene make up ,because im quite a mellow ,relaxed ,dont take things to serious kind of person,as i have alluded in my talks that im a firm proponent that the greatest gift we’ve been given is just to be the rest is just add ons to excite life on this plain . This Hiatus has again as you might have figured gotten me pondering ,and in it i have lit a couple of light bulbs .
first being is that ,from now on i will keep my posts short ,in bulletin form so as to entice ,the only thing that will be in huge and bound will be the mosaic of pics .so in that way i will give more up to date ,on the minute posts and updates .
On that very subject ,in current news as the new Brand Ambassador for Cipla Medpro i have now re structured the Mondetalks and they will hit almost all the nine provinces of South Africa ,inspiring ,and reinoculating a sense of hope and purpose to these kids who have by my observation have lost the capacity to dream and lack relevant role models tour dates will be announced by early January before i leave for my next expedition .
A highlight in my partnership with Cipla Medpro was the talk i gave at Thembelihle school in Joburg ,it re awakened that very burning intent that fuels my expedition that is that greater motive to inspire others to take on their own mountain peaks,and re confirmed my eagerness to partner with Cipla Medpro as they embody that very selfless service to humanity that infalmes ,a propellant to the both of us and is embedded in both our success .
Other exciting news is that i have managed to raise half of the funding for my Everest attempt without bottled oxygen i will also divulge more info in my next post chat soon .
i live you with a scribbling that encapsulates my reason to why i climb
The pleasure of risk is in the control needed to ride it with assurance so that what appears dangerous to the outsider is, to the participant, simply a matter of intelligence, skill, intuition, coordination- in a word, experience. Climbing in particular, is a parodoxically intellectual pastime, but with this difference: you have to think with your body. Every move has to be worked out in terms of playing chess with you body. If I make a mistake the consequences are immediate, obvious, embarrassing, and possibly painful. For a brief period I am directly responsible for my actions. In that beautiful, silent, world of mountains, it seems to me worth a little risk.
Hello All ,friends and followers ,phew its been a while hasn’t it ,so yeah im back from my Hiatus .It was muchly needed to properly compose and collect myself and really i mean really dissect ,re trace as to why ? ,why i embarked on this ,why ?, and yeah its really the lack of a really good answer that makes is all sublime and exciting ,because really i can go on and on in attempts to paint a fitting mosaic to why i do what i do ,but alas .,But hey they are the obvious reasons to why im embarking on this feat ,these reasons ,intents that are my anchor of faith ,these when times are a bit gloomy and not hunky dory they collect me ,remind me ,why and how far ive traveled ,fo me …mine is just to inspire others to protrude beyond doubt ,complacency,and boxes of fear and grab hold of their dreams nomater how small,big,absurd they might seemingly appear ,it is for them to sit down,listen,breath,realize and conquer first themselves .
Obviously the has been alota things happenings,developments,advancements,ups ,downs . Let me start with the Great news ,that is i have just signed with Cipla medpro as a Brand Ambassador ,a brand that inhabits,epitomizes uncompromising detail to ethic a brand of such grandiose ,and it comes at a great time as next yea im venturing to the Himalayas firstly Cho yu then Everest without Oxygen i have explained and dwelled to as to why im choosing this route on previous posts so wont dwell on it now .Another exciting project we busy with ,with Cipla is “Mondetalks” which is a series of motivational talks across township school to encourage a culture of dreaming ,to inspire hope and ambition in these youngsters we use the analogy of a pregnant mother as when shes pregnant she compromises on few things ,she is altered to prioritize in accordance and congruence to the desired health of the baby so the are things she doesn’t partake in because they might temper with the health of the unborn baby same applies when u have a dream u prioritize discipline yourself also in confluence with the desired ambition ,dream,goal some things u choose to forsake ,and choose friends wisely as they might prevent u from acquiring or reaching that goal . We plan to move from school to schoolusing motorbike .
the next advancement is the talks ,i did a talk for Shoecity Anaul conference 3 September 2012 it went superbly well ,and did another talk for Cipla managers from across the country i have talks also lined up for Joburg fo the month of October ,will update on that in coming weeks .
i think i now have payed back what i owed thanks again for you amazing futuristic patience to stay glued to my blog even in my hiatus ,im back now so u can expect fresh posts regularly .enjoy and go live your dream ,and life without adventure is death ,because without risk we cant explore and so cant learn o grow .
A lot of people always ask me how it all started ..when the bug bit ..how i decided on this seemingly Bohemian life truth though is that the is no formula leading to the Monde you see now what i know for sure is that ive always had a deep yearn for adventure ,a curio to know ,lust to challenge previously memorized limitations ive always been a proponent of the minds capacity to protrude beyond any circumference .
growing up though im not that old ,i took up a liking in books ,hoarding books on philosophy ,and linguistics and i think it was destined that i fall inlove with stories on man who exhibit this philosophy i lived and gave every bit of my life to ,i read stories from Tim Severin The Brendan Voyage ,Dough Scott,Lydia Bradery to my favorite Alpinist Wanda Rutwiecks i fell in love with these stories i would devour these and get enthralled ,immersed in these for hours and weeks and would know a good read when i would take quite a while to emerge out of it ,but when i got the invite to join the first African youth to spent time on board a tall ship it was a far different story all of the sudden it was me .
It was time for me to take my own journey ,i remember a instance i still hold dear even to this day when we were aloft on the main mast the Royal and i was wearing just my harness and board shots and thinking of that teen who couldn’t swim just a year ago that for me confirmed greater things yet to be achieved and from than on i was driven to carve my own goals and chase them but at the time i was still blurry eyed and misty to what i wanted to pursue it happened that i stumbled to the mike horn young explorers camp and was chosen to take part on the camp in Switzerland and there i fell in love with the Alpine all over again and from there i knew what i wanted to do is climb mountains till the second coming .
After that i sat down ,researched ,was on a journey ,wrote proposals or what appeared to be to me and learned how to write proper ones on my way ,some mistakes take a month to emerge from especially for a naive kid from the townships with romantic ideals to scale the worlds top mountains ..even as i conceptualized this i could’ve said forget about this its not possible but something in me said it can be achieved, and it has been a roller coaster journey since then it has not been hunky dory as the high resolution pics my maybe evoke though it has been a worthwhile journey ..But what i took out from this is really when u want something u have to really want it real bad! you find when u pursuing something that is really dear to your heart you spend a lot of your time with yourself then the the crowd as the world we grew up in when u in Junior school we are all excited to enroll at school together and still looking forward to everything together ,at high school and College we get into all sorts of trouble together ,being rebellious and blurry eyed and misty we forsee a romantic future ahead of us where everything is all smooth because of our qualifications and yes the universe pukes u into real life which is less idealistic and a lot often grow fatigue and succumb into mundane life of following the crowd and it’s a known fact that those who follow the crowd hardly emerge beyond it .
And on the other side when u really pursuing your real passion and unplugging from the status qou you really have to convince yourself first that you really want to do this and this is what you want and face it that fact that you happiest doing this ,than after that you will have no problem with persecution ,ups and downs,and will approach everything with a more clear holistic bird eye view a that laughs at any hindrance at hand .When you want something you have to have understand Discipline and Sacrifice ,Look at a pregnant woman she dosnt just eat everything ,drink everything,she compromises certain things as she want her unborn child to be born in good health and the her life takes its choreography in complete alignment to the goal ahead ,so applies if you working towards a goal a passion ,you need to sacrifice and be disciplined and priorities in accordance to the desired goal but to truly comprehend this you have to have something you want to pursue and you have to want it real bad and then apply muscle and all your tissue and champion it to its completion.
Howdee all i trust you well ,its been a hella long time since my last post ,been partly
because a lot has been happening,the hibernation was needed to collect my self and re evaluate my reasons of embarking on this quest ,as you might know i was scheduled to depart and embark on my next leg of my expedition that is to Alaska’s Mount Denali highest peak in North America ,i left for this trip on the 3rd of May 2012 ,flew via Oliver tambo ,Schipol Amsterdam ,and Minneapolis,i realized in Amsterdam while checking my luggage that some items on my luggage was missing so spoke to the ladies at the KLM counter they said they would look into it and assured me they would have it sorted out before my arrival in Anchorage ,Alaska .
I arrived in Alaska on the 4th of May at about 8pm ,i went to collect my luggage and still my luggage was still the same state ,now really fatigued i went again to the counter of Delta airways and KLM but to no avail so i just took a shuttle to my Hotel in downtown Anchorage Clarion suites i stayed the for two days &
the guys from American alpine institute whom i got my permits and paperwork from said the gear i had was suitable and durable and would be worthwhile for my ascent of Denali they then highlighted however i lacked few gear and also obviously the items i lost on my flight which i have tried to get but to no avail .i spoke to Microsoft one of my partners for assistance they put in another 15k for gear purchasing. And the guys now came with another story saying the will be no store sourcing the stuff i need which i found unlickely and weird for a country of such rich alpinism while in their first story they said the are actually two shops selling gear they now on their second story said they cannot have me on the expedition because of that ..i spoke to the guys about the shop in talkeetna they said it will be late and the was some weather creeping in my reply was but i guess thats why we have 28days then to tackle this peak and the was a misunderstanding there and has cost me my attempt its just so saddening having to prepare for something for so long and having it taken from u in just a minute ,but however this trip has gotten me thinking..alot hey ,it has gotten me thinking about the motives and intents of this Quest ,and in a weird way has cemented something iam no more driving then i have been so moral of the story success is not the only trophy the summit in this context and as cheesy as this sounds the saying that says when u loose ,dont loose the lesson is very relevant on this case i have learnt a lot ,this just life giving me a resistance and kinda asking why and in essence giving no space for complacency .
iam now working on my next trip that is to Aconcagua scheduled for November 2012,im also so excited for the next chapter that is the construction of Mondewalks trust ,iam not in a position at the moment to divulge any more than this so keep your ear on the ground as the will be a launch with all my partners ,Microsoft,Vibramfivefingers,First Ascent,Redbull,Rotary International,Swindle,Cat and few private donors .One more exciting highlight is that i will be writing quarterly columns for Sport Leadership ,speaking of Leadership ,be sure to check Leadership magazine June green issue where im featured ,also be on the look for Big Issue june 16 issue .
until next time ,keep dreaming and chase those dreams ,because the ladder to success is like any that is you cant climb it with your hands in your pockets,
Hello all it has been a hella long time ,and a lot sure has been happening ,a lot that has to me cemented why i want to do this ,the has been a lot of hurdles ,up and downs ,merry go rounds,as you know i have been preparing for my next leg of my expedition my upcoming Ascent of Mount Denali highest in North America a colossal peak that stands at elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) regarded by some seasonal mountaineers as much more testing than Everest i would like to think so myself though i have no experience on both peaks i mean on Denali you carry your own stuff and drag a sled of 60kg whereas at Everest the are yaks and Sherpa carrying everything for you ,
though to me this makes no difference because my style of climbing is that of Denali/Alpine that which was pioneered by my favorite Alpinists the likes of Reinhold Messner,Erhad Loretan ,Jean Troilet,Chantal Manduit ,the list goes on though the is a few number of climbers who climb this way nowadays because of the bombardment of the many sugarcoated commercial expeditions, this also again proves the stance that the are far more beautiful alluring peaks than the popularized mass advertised tickers the are more technical peaks like Annapurna 1 a, K2 and other deserving mountain peaks like Cerro Torre ,Ogre,and the Many untouched peaks in the Karakorum and Latok.
,but back on the news at hand ,some goods news though besides the seeming bleekness i have now signed a contract with Performance brand First Ascent so im fully kitted for Mount Denali and my upcoming expeditions i have also received gear from Swindle ,i have now booked my flights to Anchorage ive gotten my Visa and travel insurance and im on my last stages of excessing funding for the booking of expedition at the national park and other additional costs ,so that a big relief though it has been a hustle getting funding but with the help of such wonderful souls such as Clare James of South african Golf and leisure vacations ,Big issue,and mahala blog it has eased thing and quieted the headache of mountain of logistics .
iam scheduled to leave for Alaska 3 of May the expedition i estimate will take a month on minimum but nature has her own rules .i will update soon before my departure or begining of my expedition cheers for now and if you want to be involved in raising funds for Denali and upcoming expedition please do so at
Name Rotary Club of Pinelands
JFE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FUND
Acc No 1005 603219
Reference Monde Sitole – Alaska Denali Expedition
Hope u all well and fully refreshed for the year ahead ,has been a very intriguing past year must say a lot of hurdles, and a lot of learning on the go and this year i must say ive hit the ground running been been busy now with a lot of interviews namely one with British magazine Monocle which is distributed throughout Europe and Tokyo.
as for this year im busy shooting with Mahala blog,Etv news,and a story with German newspaper Der Speigel .
now ive also been working tirelessly on the preparation for my upcoming expedition to Mount Denali the highest peak in North America ,ive been working on the logistical side of things applying for visa and all the relevant paperwork.im going to be starting my physical side of the preparation in the next 2weeks i wish to train with Sport science institute whom i have worked with before .
this is just a short report will give a fullength report in the next coming days .Ceyaa
hello all hope all is well and superb on your side as is with me …what can i say life has been a roller coaster a worthwhile ride i must say though sometimes it can be seemingly tough but with perseverance and a futuristic faith one which is embodied in past explorers who wandered without the use and privileged of today’s sophisticated technology the very resilience and endurance which is evident in all my expeditions accompanied with a intent which is much greater than Ego .
A deep lure a calling surpassing all the fears we have been superimposed with by media and a conditioned society following in the words of powerful qoute that say Courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of fear but with the will to go on .
This is so relevant now because i have received alot of criticism for my Everest attempt without supplement oxygen funnily by climbers who have climbed for years but for me South Africas and climbing in general in the world is so dull ,safe and alot of pseudo Alpinist just follow repertoire and don’t reinvent and most of the guys who climb these peaks are not seasonal climbers meaning they don’t even climb on weekends beside the big mountain tickers and alot of people with me say u gonna die which goes back to what ive been saying alot of guys who die on mountains are people who are not seasonal climbers its just people who just have one night stands with these mountains and in search of cheap fame but don’t have a personal relationship with the mountains they do not realize that its not the mountain u conquer but yourself and that u are just a small dent in the mountain .
The mountain has produced many heroes and it remains to be the real hero not us ,we only share a bit of its glory if you have a more humble approach to climbing which is gained by spending time on them whether big or small ,the mountain then allows u to elevate if you humble yourself ,frankly to me the first list and quest does not intrigue me for i believe the has been people long before who have climbed these peaks like the Sherpa in Everest but with a different intent which is not driven by Ego i conclude with matter qoute by my climbing hero Anatoli boukreev that Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.
On a fresh page the issue of the I magazine City press lifestyle Magazine came out 23October 2011 and i was on the cover it came out in large format alongside fellow extreme athletes Hanli Prinsloo and David Grier ,and another feature is one the November issue of Bona page 78 and on the upcoming issue of SAmen online magazine ,and on January Menshealth issue and last but not least please follow me on https://twitter.com/#!/MondeWalks and join fan page on Facebook .
hello all it has been a minute and many moons since we last sighted or even talked ,hope life was exciting and awesome as usual if not ..what u going through is just a learning curve to fully reproduce a mature you ,dont despair we are given so called obstacles according to our might and if we think otherwise and are overwhelmed we simply have under estimated our full worth and haven’t event taped 10 percent of our potentials,.
A lot has been happening my side been getting bust leaving as usual ,breaking doors open hustling ,making stuff happen ive been recently been busy with work and logistical,admin for my upcoming leg of my dare2dream expedition where im attempting to climb all highest peaks on each continent and ski both south and north pole unasssisted. the motive i have said time and again is to re invigorate that latent ,intrinsic potential in all to dare2dream and envision beyond whatever they faced with and grab hold of their dreams nomater how small,big,absurd they might seemingly appear. and more practical to fundraise for the indoor rockclimbing wall and gymnasium i want to build in the townships of khayelitsha Cape Town.
Next leg of Dare2dream expedition is Mount Denali
Mount McKinley or Denali (Koyun Athabastan for “The High One”, Dghelaayce’e in Athna in Alaska , united states is the highest mountain peak in North America and the United States, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level The CIA factbook lists its summit elevation as 6,198 metres (20,335 ft)
The first recorded attempt to climb Mount McKinley was by Judge James Wickersham in 1903, via the Peters Glacier and the North Face, now known as the Wickersham Wall. This route has tremendous avalanche danger and was not successfully climbed until 1963.
- High camp (17,200 ft/5,200 m) of the West Buttress Route pioneered by Bradford Washburn, photographed in 2001
- Famed explorer Dr. Frederick Cook claimed the first ascent of the mountain in 1906. His claim was regarded with some suspicion from the start, but was also widely believed. It was later proved false, with some crucial evidence provided by Bradford Washburn when he was sketched on a lower peak.
- In 1910, four locals (Tom Lloyd, Peter Anderson, Billy Taylor, and Charles McGonagall), known as the Sourdough expedition, attempted McKinley, despite a complete lack of climbing experience. They spent approximately three months on the mountain. However, their purported summit day was impressive: carrying a bag of doughnuts, each a thermos of hot chocolate, and a 14-foot (4.2 m) spruce pole, two of them reached the North Summit, the lower of the two, and erected the pole near the top. According to them, they took a total of 18 hours – a record that has yet to be beat(as of 2006). No one believed their success (partly due to false claims that they had climbed both summits) until the true first ascent, in 1913.
- In 1912, the Parker-Browne expedition nearly reached the summit, turning back within just a few hundred yards of it due to harsh weather. In fact, that probably saved their lives, as a powerful earthquake shattered the glacier they ascended hours after they safely left it.
The first ascent of the main summit of McKinley came on June 7, 1913, by a party led by Hudson Stuck. The first man to reach the summit was Walter Harper, an Alaska Native. Harry Karstens and Robert Tatum also made the summit. Tatum later commented, “The view from the top of Mount McKinley is like looking out the windows of Heaven!They ascended the Muldrow Glacier route pioneered by the earlier expeditions, which is still often climbed today. Stuck confirmed, via binoculars, the presence of a large pole near the North Summit; this report confirmed the Sourdough ascent, and today it is widely believed that the Sourdoughs did succeed on the North Summit. However, the pole was never seen before or since, so there is still some doubt. Stuck also discovered that the Parker-Browne party were only about 200 feet (61 m) of elevation short of the true summit when they turned back.
Back to new developments
I have been chosen to feature on the
Cover of I magazine which comes out alongside the City press i feature alongside with
David Grier,Hanli Prinsloo,and Riaan Manser.
for more info on the magazine read belowThe new i magazine was launched in City Press yesterday, Sunday, 2 October 2011, as the newspaper’s high-end lifestyle magazine supplement, published by content marketer New Media.
The bold, 32-page, large format magazine, reportedly the first of its kind in South Africa, debuted in the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal markets, as a regular insert in the national Sunday newspaper.
The magazine’s title was conceived to reflect the confidence of its targeted readers, who are excited to be part of today’s growing, optimistic and multicultural South Africa and for its use as the universal symbol for information.
“i is truly a much-needed hybrid for today’s reader, a well-produced, entertaining and substantive modern lifestyle magazine wrapped up in a Sunday newspaper,” said New Media’s business development director Andrew Nunneley.
In preparation for the launch, the company put its top editorial staff with a brief to develop a sleek contemporary look, thought-provoking editorial and a unique smart tone to fill the magazine’s covers, which measuring in at 275mm in width by 350mm in length, are extra-large.
be sure to look out for my article on the mahala blog ,SAMEN blog,Getway,and upcoming Drum and november and mid October issue of Bona .will update also as everything unveils on the other mediums like facebook and twitter.
MondeTalks series of presentation talks
ive also launched and conceptualized something by name Monde talks focused on introducting people to what i do and in that hopefully inspiring them to pursue their own dreams ,and forsakake the bondage of just existing and being just a average statistics ,plowing a certian seed in them to peservere and realize that the are more than what they are circumfrence with ,my talks are about to re inculatate and re invigorate that latent ,intrinsic potential in all to dare2dream and grab hold of the their dreams nomate how small big,absurd they might seemingly appear ,that is the very motive and driving fueling intent behind even my expedition and how are navigate my life it is my main Choreography.
a schedule of the tour schedule of the talks will be posted soonest.
for bookings and knwoledge about this talks contact
hello all, hope u all well ,good and keeping safe in your adventures ,i have now almost fully internalised the whole elbrus expedition ,it was an exciting expedition one which gave me even more certainty and re assurance in my alpine growth though i was droped by a gear sponsor a day before i left for the expedition i continued because that was really the mindset of the whole expedition to surpass the attitude of Gagon when he says ” S’accomplir, c’est se dépasser “that is the whole mantra and the intent behind the whole expedition to surpass beyond the circumfrence ,anyways i wrote to you now to update you on a few new exciting developments firstly land for the building of the indoor rockclimbing wall has been found ,to remind you about the organisation i have opened by name Great African Ascents here is the information as follows_
2009 January i opened a NGO by the name Great African Ascents focused on
nature conservation and youth development through mountaineering .
The organization was opened
with the intentions to provide an alternative to youth bombarded with the sometime unfortunate
burden of living in the townships where youth can loose the capacity to dream because of life
shewed with poverty and sometimes disappointments .
Practically what the organization started
doing is doing camps every Friday to Sunday instead of bombarding youth with statistics about
global warming we believe in giving them an tangible experience so the will appreciate nature
unpretentiously not because they were forced .
in future we plan to open and indoor rock climbing
wall in Khayelitsha and do consistent camps across south Africa and ultimately across Africa so
as to expand the horizons of young people simultaneously altering a open minded and healthy
mind that will benefit in the building of a positive society .
the construction of the indoor
rockclimbing wall and wellness centre will be very exciting for the organisation ,programmes we
hope to have will be martial arts,introduce circus by the help of zip zap circus ,also maybe even
have a indoor swimming pool if possible but the wall remains the most critical alongside the other
rooms where we can carry out programmes such as drama classes and dance classes so as to provide
a variety for the youngsters.
hello all hope all is well,if i remember well my last entry was 3 weeks ago and i was still excited about going to Elbrus but at the sametime i got dropped by a gear sponsor a day before i left ,for me the whole odeal confirm my very reason/intent or motive of embarking on such a feat or endeover it was for me a demonstration of peseverance i want to shed to other youngsters to pursue their dreams nomater the circumfrence or obstacle for them to always protrude beyond ,it is that futuristic faith that has kept me till this very day .
yeah about the mission to Russian Cacaus mountains ,the journey was a very exciting one from missing my flights in Russia because of language barrier and traveling the outskirts of Russia by train after the expedition,i guess let me start at the very begining .
i arrived in Russia 15August 2011 after 4 Flights from Cape town,Dubai,Moscow,and Mineralyne Vody .i was a day early to the start of the ascent i stayed at a hotel in Pytigorsk .the following day we took military trucks into the forest and venturing into the basecamp of the Grand Mountain ,we the ten of us ,drove for about 6 hours in uncertain terrain but picturesque backgrounds i told myself from the very begining i will savour every moment psyching myself to the challenge ahead or rather lessons that lay ahead. we finaly arrived at Basecamp which is at about 2570m, that day was a rest day where we organised ourselves for the coming day which was going to be an aclimatisation day to atleast 3700 m then we came back again to basecamp then the folowing day we did the same but ascent an extra 100m the we also took half of our stuff up to highcamp which was 3750m then we cam back to sleep at Basecamp for the last day .
then following day we took the remainder of our stuff to Highcamp ,then from there we had another day to aclimitise where we climbed using crampons to Lenz rock at about 4570m then we stayed there to aclimitise for atleast an hour and a half the we descended to Highcamp once more ,8 of the 10 took a restday the following day while me and another guy who was a keen rockclimber went Iceclimbing it was lots of fun something im definetly pursuing in the not so distant future .
then we had two more days left to Atempt Summit everyone agreed on the second one ,we would on that day also attempt with another French team consisting of Ned Bouadjar who had already climbed Everest and 4 of the other seven summits ,we woke up at 11am to pack water and some snacks and bars for the long summit day we had precoceived ,we left at about 12am we trecked for 25minutes out of the rocky area to the snow area where we would wear our Crampons ,the first 2 hours were -25degrees and became colder and colder with the wind creping in, powerful percieng wind we climbed up until 100m up Lenz rock when one member chose to turn back a lad from Australia then we then because of the powerful wind decieded to go inside the wrecked army helicopter we stayed the for 11minutes then 5 of the team decieded to turn back considering that they could make it up the mountain but would probaly not have any fuel to make it down back into highcamp we then we the other remaining ventured on yet again we climbed for another 4 hours then we started seing a dichotomy even in our group were the was a bit of doubts and uncertainty ,in 1 more hour we arrived at the part were we needed to chose between us who would go either to the East peak (lower) or Westpeak (taller),it was a tough desicion eventually me and my freind Jeff Smith went to Westpeak and Maria Conceiao and the rest of the other guys went to the East peak but only Maria made it to the summit of East peak the other guys turning 10minutes after leaving for summit ,then as for us our journey was slightly diffrent ans strenous cause we had to first trek on the saddle before getting on the actual Peak it was a 1 traverse then we took another 1hour up the peak then another few minutes walk the other side then we were the ,we summited ,we both felt elated ,everything else seemed not to matter all the struggles and obstacles were all worth it and were lessons and incentives to reaching the summit.
i had a great time ,i learnt alot of stuff even some stuff which will take time to fully comprehend as i am still internalising the whole expirience.and yeah to the people i met on the mountain also chasing their dreams i salute you,a few who come to mind is the Intrepid Four guys who have dedicated their time in climbing the highest peak in Europe thet have already climbed 20 and are left with only 43 two of their members had their honeymoon on Mount E lbrus that it was i keep on being lured onto moutains time again because of such intrigueng people who live life to the fullest and not settling for the second best life we are served with on a daily basis one.
next up its Gashebrum a mountain that will serve as training for both my 8000er quest and 7summits quest ,until next time ,always remember “it is not that things are difficult that we do not dare things are difficult because we dont dare ”