Everest 2018 : it's a start !
March 31st, 2018. Day of Departure. For months now, I’ve been training my body and my mind to get in Everest shape again after my first attempt in 2017. I learned a lot from last year and so far, I felt like it was paying off. I was calm, not too nervous, and ready to go like if it was just another trip. But last night, I felt like I had an army of butterflies in my stomach. I had a big day on Friday and felt asleep like a rock. When I woke up, I thought it was 7am, only 2hours had past, it was 1am. I tried to go back to sleep but then all the memories from 2017 came knocking on the door, the good and the bad. It lasted for maybe half an hour until I told myself that 2018 is very different for me. I went back dreaming and woke up again at 4, and then at 6, and finally, at 7h30. I got out of my bed, the last time for while. I must have spent 30 minutes in my shower. From all the things I miss when climbing, my bathroom is the one thing I wish I could have on the mountain. My duffels were already sitting next to the doorstep ready to go, still, Saturday was a really important day. I said goodbye. First, I spent about 1h30 cleaning my 125Gallon fish thank (and talking to my fish Poncho and his friends). I did a last round of my house carefully looking at souvenirs from my previous expeditions. Then, before leaving Montreal, I went to see and thank my Neighbours. Couldn’t ask for a better couple to take care of my fish while I’m gone. Finally, I was ready to make the ride to my parents’ home. Last year, I flew to Florida to visit them as I left earlier, flying out on Veronique’s birthday. I didn’t really see my brothers before leaving and we celebrated Veronique’s birthday with a dinner at a cheap restaurant near the airport before she dropped me off. Not the best way to celebrate. 2018 is very different for me. Driving to my parents’ place takes about 1h. plenty of time spent with myself to reflect on the last year. For those of you who read my blog, you know how I was in a pretty bad shape in May 2017. Almost a year later now, it’s incredible how all the hard work has paid off. At my parent’s place, I got to spent some time alone with them. I could feel they are supportive but also scared about me climbing Everest. Specially my mom who got really emotional when we had a chat about it. I’m sorry for all the stress I caused and will cause in the next 2 months. No worries, I’ll try to make it home for June 1st to celebrate your birthday. Then both of my brother showed up. We had a brief but really important family reunion for me as we all got together in the kitchen, had fun and smiled. Once again, my mom got emotional and ask to take some pictures. This is great, now we have a full album of family pictures with almost all possible combinations! 4pm. Time to go to the airport. Never leave something unsaid before leaving for an expedition. Never easy to say goodbye. I love you all. Sunday, April 1st Happy Easter – didn’t really realize it was Easter with the Jet lag and flying to China Monday, April 2nd Kathmandu is a looonnggg way from Montreal. About 20h of flight plus the layovers. This time I flew to Guangzhou and then Kathmandu. For those of you who know me well, you know I’m always concerned about my bags not making it and always smiling when I see them show up at my final destination. Well, this time I got lucky, I saw our bags getting on board in Guangzhou for our final flight. The flight was miserable, but I was still smiling. Our bags? yes, 2018 it different in many ways and of the biggest difference is that Veronique made the trip with me and she will walk with me to EBC. It’ going to be exciting to have her trek along my side and share the beauty of the Khumbu together. We made it safe and sound to our final destination. Kathmandu is still exactly like it’s supposed to be. I call it organized chaos. The thick air, the dirt roads, the traffic caused by motorcycles, taxis, people crossing whenever they feel like and the cows blocking the roads. Somehow, it does work. Don’t ask my how, it feels like they are organized but from a north American perspective, it’s hard to understand. Nepal, Kathmandu, the Khumbu, it should be on your bucket list of places to visit. We take one day to visit Kathmandu and then we fly to Lukla on the 4th. It’s time to repack our bags, get some rest and get ready to go to start the adventure. Thanks for following along
4/4/2018 04:33:21 pm
Bonne chance Mathieu! Your tenants are rooting for you!
4/4/2018 07:46:17 pm
we're cheering for you back home - don't go hungry up there and fuel your goals :)
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