Dear Family & Friends,
As I write this Matt is standing outside the dining tent here at base camp shaving off his beard.
That can only mean his decision to return home is final!
I know how very difficult and emotional the last few days have been for Matt and feel extremely sad to see him depart our expedition. We have planned and carried the dream of climbing Everest together for many years and for Matt to have his dream cut short in this manner is cruel.
Matt’s decision to return home was not taken lightly and I fully support it.
I will stay to continue the expedition and leave for C2 tomorrow morning to complete my load carry to the South Col in the coming 3-4 days. This will finish my rotation and I will be ready for a summit push when the first stable weather window appears. I plan to return to BC for a few days rest before leaving for the summit.