Everest 2014 Cancelled

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I regret to report that our 2014 Everest Expedition has been officially cancelled. My guide flew to Everest Base Camp yesterday to see if there was any chance of making this year work but unfortunately, the situation there has gotten worse. First, and understandably, our Sherpa team is reluctant to climb after the death of so many of their friends. In addition, a small but powerful group of Sherpa are threatening violence against any climber who chooses to stay. The situation has gotten so bad, the Nepali military is being flown into base camp today to try and protect any climbers and Sherpa who choose to stay. This is not what Everest is supposed to be about. I have to admit that I feel completely lost right now as my life, over the past seven months, has been focused on training and getting mentally prepared for this one climb. And now suddenly it’s over before I even had a chance. I guess the silver lining is that I have learned how fortunate I am to have so many friends and I want to thank everyone for the incredible support. First of all, my wonderful family has been behind me the whole way…even though they have had to sacrifice a ton for me to chase this dream. My friends have encouraged me, cheered for me and prayed for me. My co-workers have done a remarkable job covering for me the last seven months while my head was not always in the game. Even people I have never met have sent their support. My heart goes out to the families of the sixteen Sherpas lost in the avalanche of April 18th.  The disappointment all of us climbers feel is nothing compared to what they are going through.  Hopefully ,in the future, we can find a way to make the job the Sherpas do for us safer.  Everest is not supposed to be easy but I will be back.

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