Last summer I got the news Antarctica gotta wait for another year. Plan B was to climb Cho Oyo, 8201 m. That was pretty hard, especially climbing down after summiting. It was falling down over again and focusing not to pee in pants. That's what I can remember of that trip. It was pretty cool since Cho Oyo was my biggest motivation to begin with. 6 years ago I saw an ad about Finnish company Mandala Travels organizing a climb there and taking customers with. I figured, those boys go, I go.
I climbed Cho Oyo together with a female British doctor, about my age.
Back at BC, we were reflecting the climb and was heavy and hard. We both knew what's gonna happen next. There is no way to leave this chance unused.
In two weeks, leaving to Everest. I practiced at Pyhätunturi, my home place, technical mixed climbing for 4 days. I also took a fitness test. I'm good to go, but asthma could do better. In case I can do the trip with these lungs, I really should be an advocate for asthma.
This has taught me what resilience means. If I cannot get to South Pole straight, gotta be ready to take a detour via Everest.