The other night I watched the movie “The Summit" about deadliest K2 climb in history. Were there people on the climb that should not have been there? Yes. Were there also heros who lost their lives trying to save other? Yes, too.
It is easy to ask what drives climbers to… push themselves into the “Death Zone” where there is so little oxygen that their bodies start to die, spend so much time and money “just to climb a mountain”, to live in cramped tents in horrible weather,
…then you see pictures like these. The top and bottom photos are views of the shadow of K2 into China at sunset. The middle is a photo of the shadow from Everest at sunset. All of them show what it is like to climb and stand at the top of world, all on your own power. I can only imagine the feeling of taking one of these myself. It must be amazing.
This picture was taken just about 12 years ago of my younger brother Carter. In this picture he was three years old, I wish I knew how much influence he would have in my life at that moment. Diagnosed with Autism at a young age, Carters view on life has passively inspired me to see the positive aspects in life. Today he is fifteen years old, doing extremely well in high school, much better than my parents or I expected him to. But in my heart, I still see Carter as the young boy in this picture. I love Carter with all my heart and this picture makes me very happy. I just hope someone can smile looking at this picture as I do.
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