Glacier October 8, 2001
of yesterday, Oct. 7, we have ended any further
attempts to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Our
highest point achieved was just over 26,000 feet.
is a bitter disappointment that we are suspending any
further efforts. But after two weeks of high winds,
winter storms and living at 21,000 feet and above, we
have exhausted our available time and have completely
exhausted our bodies, as well.
the Tibetan Goddess Mother of the Winds and Universe,
has turned us away. That she has allowed us to leave
with our lives is an enriched gift.
is still my dream to become the first double amputee
to scale this mountain — perhaps at another time and
thanks to all the people at home in Minnesota who have
kept us in their thoughts and prayers during the two
months that we have been here in Tibet attempting to
climb Mt. Everest.
thank you very much. I look forward to getting home
and seeing all the people that I miss so dearly.
are out of here at Everest.
on the Expedition