an American in a land so far away now from family,
from friends, from the woman I love, I am ready to
extend my comfort zone to now include a place that
is such a stretch from reality that my mind must
dissolve visions and illusions of success and
experience and draw only from the reality of my
own will power and sanity. In the corner of my eye dwells a flood of
emotions and now in my fixated gaze is the
cascading icefall that graces the path to the
sacred summit of Dhaulagiri.
those vicariously climbing alongside us I look
forward to our return and sharing our experience.
Dreaming, Ben Clark
22, 2002 – Ben Clark
Base camp is up and running. After my four day emotionally and
physically draining foray, my return here has been
very fruitful. Today we packed and organized our gear as
well as tested and adjusted our oxygen regulators.
Camp two at 19,000' has been established and after
today's rest we plan to begin our climbing on the
Tomorrow we will travel to Camp one at
17,000' and push onward and upward until the
weather changes and we are forced to retreat.
With the ever-impending danger of the
Monsoon season approaching, an intimidating
circumstance this far West in Nepal, there is the
chance that we may even attempt the summit. With scenarios building and my focus
increasing, in the corner of my eye is a flood of
emotion and in front of me the cascading lower
icefall that leads to sacred space of Dhaulagiri's