Dr Sean Egan
Update: Saturday 30th April,
3pm. Everest Base Camp
(EST is 9 hours 45mins behind Nepal)
Diary by Harold Mah
Thank you to everyone.
I am trying to respond personally to the many, many emails of condolences that
the expedition has received over the last 24 hours. Thank you to the school
boards, our friends, family, work colleagues and complete strangers who have
been following us over the past weeks. Your words and energy are everlasting
at a time like this. Here at Everest Base Camp, for some reason, there are no
Kleenex tissues, so I've managed to go through at least three to four rolls of
toilet paper as I read your e-mails and messages of support.
Base Camp, as you can imagine, is very quiet and sombre. Many of the other
climbing teams have dropped by to offer support and kind words and everyone is
talking about the huge puja to ward off any bad karma. They think that 500
climbers and sherpas will take part. I will not be here though as I have
packed everything up and I will start my hike back to Kathmandu tomorrow. I
will meet up with Sean’s children, Anna and Seamas, who are flying out to
Kathmandu to bring their father home. Then we start the final stages of
grieving and recovery.
Sean's spirit continues to live as he kept me up last night making the glacier
crack as I tried to sleep. He just loved this mountain. For some reason we
have become joined in a spiritual way because of the challenges we faced
together in climbing Everest.
Sean was an inspiration to me and to everyone he met. He loved his family and
his life partner deeply. You learn this about a person when you sleep in the
same tent freezing and shivering at Camp 1. We talked, through chattering
teeth, about the challenges of the next day and our family matters. We even
had a contest to see who loved their life partner more, which went on in to
the night! Neither of us gave an inch and we decided that it was a tie.
Sean had a huge zest for life and a determination to prove to himself that
there were no boundaries on his life. He died doing something he loved. He
died doing what he had trained to do for the past 2 years. He died pursuing a
lifelong goal. He knew the risks and I am sure that even if he had anticipated
this tragedy, he would still have continued.
Don't hold back from pursuing your own goals whether it’s running 5km, or
climbing a mountain. Life can be short and by the time you realize this, it's
too late to turn back.
On behalf of Sean and me, thank you for taking a small part of your day and
sharing our journey.
I hope to send you some more information on my journey back to Kathmandu.
Harold (and Sean in spirit)
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