Alan Bridges has aspired to heights in his haiku, but he couldn’t have seen this coming. One of his haiku was selected to accompany a trekking expedition in its ascent of Mt. Everest this spring. Alan supplies the following details:
On April 1, 2014, Jon Johnston departed his home in Melbourne, Australia for Kathmandu, Nepal, where he has joined up with New Zealand team Adventure Consultants, in preparation for an ascent of Mt. Everest, to be attempted some time in early May. The team will fly to Lukla for the 10-day trek to base camp on the southern flank of Everest, just below the Khumbu Icefall.
Amongst Jon’s climbing gear and an iPod with family recordings is a “bag of special things” which he will carry to the summit, including a Marine Corps flag signed by his father and his mates, photos of three deceased climbing friends, a family photo, a football jersey and a haiku that reads:
Qomolangma sets free
a wind horse
Qomolangma (pronounced Chomolungma) is the native name given Mt. Everest and a “wind horse” is a symbol of good fortune that is represented on the colorful prayer flags that are brought to base camp.
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If he is successful in summiting Everest, Jon hopes to return to Camp IV briefly for rest, and then climb Lhotse, possibly within a 24-hour window, which would be a first.
I have strung a rope of prayer flags at my home in Littleton, Massachusetts, USA, in honor of their safe journey.
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