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    Fred, you always seemed to enjoy the occasional mountain picture I would post. I found this video on my computer. It's actually a slide show. I made it in 2007 for my mother for her birthday. She always wondered what I did when I went away for long spells. I put this together to try to explain it. I'm not sure I was successful in that regard, but she seemed to enjoy it non the less.

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    Joelle and Gerald are now dead on mountains. I'm sure some others are too. Several have been seriously injured. It's beautiful up there, but it exacts a very costly toll at times.
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    I enjoyed every second of that. Thank you so much for sharing with us a slideshow that captures some of the highs and lows , and the effort that goes into these expeditions. I guess you really earn your bones on K2 much more than buying a guided ticket to hopefully summit Everest. So very impressive. What's next? Are you going back?
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    Did I forget to mention how impressed I am?
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    I will never go back to K2. It was far and away the most dangerous mountain I have ever been on. The objective hazards were monumental. Especially the rockfall. Nick the Aussie got his leg smashed by a cannoning rock. Gerald was struck in the head and it broke his kevlar climbing helmet...he had to be chopper evacuated. I had so many near misses I still shudder when I think about it. No, not back to K2. I was fairly old for that game even in 2006, at 46. Wilco, who had a lot of grey was actually considerably younger than me. I'm now 54. Will I climb another big mountain? I think I probably will. It takes a year to train for it, or it used to when I was in my 40's. Longer now I'm sure. But, yes, I think another will eventually come my way. I've had my eye on Manaslu since I was a young boy. I have not climbed it yet. Maybe I will.
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    That was very nice Borneo. Thanks for sharing. Quite the accomplishment. You are a gifted man. You're piano accompaniment most gifted as well. and of course, a face only a Mother could love.
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    a face only a Mother could love.
    I know. I actually hesitated to make it public because it had so many pictures of me in it. I had done that because it was for my mother, and she indeed loves me. I'll probably take it down in a bit. That's the first time I ever uploaded something to youtube. I really don't understand why the quality of the photographs degraded so badly when it was posted. The original version on my computer is sharp and vivid.

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    I was just teasin, you are really a handsome guy. A chick magnet for sure! Mama's proud of you, I'm sure.

    *don't take it down, it's great!
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    Attachment 12579 Manaslu ( Kutang?) is one pretty mountain. You do have a thing for the 8,000meter plus peaks. My brain would be an oxygen starved mush bucket at those elevations. I suppose the trek in and out are half the adventure considering all the gear you and porters have to haul in and out.
    I had the pleasure of meeting a few sherpas a mountaineering friend would fly back and employ back at his US winery. Wonderful people whose lives are rapidly becoming modernized for better or worse. One poor fellow was tricked into being an opium mule paid to smuggle a package into the US on his way to the winery. I had met him the year before, he was so innocent he had no idea the trouble he was getting into. Very sad.
    The few western climbers I have known all seemed anxious to give back to the sherpa community, not just giving left over gear but funding schools, improving village life, kickstarting small businesses. Impressive .
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    The Sherpa people are indeed a unique and gentle people. It was unusual for them to be on K2. I was using local Balti porters. The french team, under Hugues D'Aubarede imported them since the Baltis are primarily low porters and do not go high. The Sherpas provided a major advantage in getting the French high camps set up. When the French team departed I woke to find a silk wrapped bundle in the vestible of my tent, Hugues had obtained the Sherpa's permission to leave me the prayer flags. They now hang in my office. Hugues returned to K2 in 2008, and was one of the great many killed that year. I will always have fond memories of him. He was an old guy like me.
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