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  Mt. Everest 2005: Mike O'Brien last dispatch


Mike O'Brien with the Innkeeper at the hotel in Tingri

 

Dispatch/Satellite Phone Call Saturday night at 9:30 Pacific Time US

 

The following e-mail was sent to close family and friends after I got off the phone with Michael before he left for Base Camp.  I want to share it with you as his last dispatch.  I will send more information as soon as Chris comes home.  If you are feeling at a lose, please feel free to e-mail Mike's family through this address and I will make sure they get it.  If you would like to make a donation to the Hereditary Disease Foundation, please send or phone in to the following address: 1303 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California, 90405, Phone: (310) 450-9913.  Please let them know its in recognition of the HDF Everest Expedition.  Thank you Rebecca

 

Can you wrap yourself in a phone call?  I wondered this after Mike hung-up last night!

 

To my delight, sitting at home on a Saturday Night waiting for a phone call from Everest, my wish came true!

 

Mike, Tip and Dan were at Camp 2 camp in to say they are all well and doing fine.  They had hoped to go up towards  Camp 3 but it was too snowy and there had been avalanches all week.  Instead they were going back down to basecamp for a couple days of R&R.  He said they will write more when they get down. 

 

Mike sounded like a kid on Christmas!  His voice was high and breathy.  He said he had been well but his throat hurt.  He said Chris was also good and they felt confident that if the weather permitted a summit, they were in good shape and ready.  Dan sounded like his old self--must be the difference between the experienced climber and the newbies.  Dan joked that he didn't know how I lived with Mike as he was a real grouch!  I had to laugh and I let him know I was living my life as a bachelor, with shoes and dishes thrown about the house.

 

Well just wanted to pass on the good news as quickly as possible.  There should be more news this coming week as they were going to leave camp 2 today (Sat. night Pacific time)

 

Mike and Chris both asked me to send their love and wanted to say hello to everyone (but they spent all their coins.)  xoxoxo rebecca

Mike has died on Everest.

Mike and Chris O'Brien were taking their fight against Huntington's Disease to the "top of the world" - Mt. Everest - to call attention to a deadly hereditary disease that has afflicted their family. Chris and Mike lost their mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and uncle to the deadly inherited neurological disease wanted to bring attention to the Hereditary Disease Foundation.

Dispatches

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