Details! On May 2 at 2 am, half of our team headed back through the Icefall to Camp I. The second rotation was underway. I was a part of this first group to head out! We rested there for two nights. Then on May 4, we started our climb to Camp 2, where I am right now.

Our second group left Everest Base Camp on May 3 and joined us at Camp 1. Together, we powered up to for the climb to Camp 2, where we will stay for three nights before making a brief visit to Camp 3.

I’m well and feel strong. In fact, our entire team of climbers, guides, and Sherpas are doing well. From what I hear, the weather looks good for the next few days. The forecast includes snow but nothing major, and the wind is not something we are concerned about—right now.  

What does this mean? It means we could be on tap for an earlier summit than normal (!)—mid-May.

Learn to Summit Well!

When possible, I’ll continue to update you. But before I close, I want to ask you a Perfect Day question. What do you do when you suddenly learn you will have an earlier summit than what you thought or planned for? Or what do you do when you have to take three steps back and only go two steps forward? Disappointed?

Are you prepared for the shifts or the pivots? That happens at some point to everyone of us? Many are not. Some people struggle with change on any level.

You can’t summit the mountains in your life if you refuse to climb and climbing higher always has challenges that you must overcome.

Are you strong at your core? What areas need to be strengthened and are you open to doing the hard work that is needed to reach your goals? It takes honesty, determination, and dedication. There comes a point where we will not return to Base Camp, we’ll make the turn and go up to the summit.

A Perfect Day thing: Acclimate

Right now, it’s all about altitude acclamation. You get to do that in your business and personal life. But just like me, you will need to take the next step that leads to the top!

The reason I climb and the reason I’m on Mt. Everest is to raise awareness and money for cancer prevention. I have friends who thought they had their entire lives perfectly laid out in front of them—nice home(s), cars, children in college, and then someone in the family got the call—“It’s cancer!”

Suddenly, they were facing a mountain much larger than what is in my current view.

I’m asking you to climb with me. Please take the health pledge (everyone) that’s linked with my website. As always—thank you for your support and prayers for safety!

If I can climb Mt. Everest in support of @hollingscancercenter and the fight against cancer, you can take do what is needed to take care of yourself and summit the mountains in your life!

PLEASE consider donating to this life-giving effort! You can track my climb to the top of Mt. Everest on www.share.garmin.com! I’ll keep you updated as we push on to the top of Mt. Everest.