Day 47: Tragedy

Tough day, starting when I learned of the disaster in Nepal. As many of you know I was climbing Mt Everest last year when an avalanche killed 16 people, and a number of the friends I made on that trip were back there this year and in Base Camp. One of them was killed in the avalanche this morning.

It really affected me today, perhaps more than I expected; he was one of those ‘indestructible’ types that you think can come out of anything unscathed. Maybe it was also the memories of what happened when I was there coming back and remembering all those emotions as I was hearing news from my friends who were with me there last year. I just don’t know. Either way it has been a low day of shock, contemplation and a search for a meaning where perhaps there is none. I’m sure it will take a while to come to terms with what has happened. As for my progress, ironically the weather was actually good for running today on the one day my heart just wasn’t in it.

My thoughts are with all those in Nepal and the climbing community. Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully a better one for all.



  1. Steve · April 26, 2015

    Stay strong and keep pushing on, remember the good times you had and use those memories. It really is amazing what you are doing.


  2. Ryan Hanrahan · April 26, 2015

    It’s Particularly times like this that we are tested to our core. Your a testament to the resilience of the human body and spirit. Look inwards to your inner strength , it got you this far in life. There is no easy comforting answer but you just have to solider on buddy! Keep the spirits up and know that you are inspiring more people that you can imagine!! So Rick on dude!


    • jamesrbrooman · April 27, 2015

      Thanks Ryan. You are right of course – just taking it day by day. Hopefully the news out of there stops getting worse!


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