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January 26, 2007



Hey David
Great descriptions. It was like we were there.



Thanks so much for allowing us to come along with you on your adventure. Hearing your daily reports and thoughts has been so satisfying. I feel much more like I've been there with you that the usual already-digested summary of a trip.

As for not making the summit, I know you would feel better if you had, and I was rooting for you because you worked so hard to get there. However, I am in no way disappointed. People who always succeed tend to be dull, cocky and lacking in empathy. There is much to be learned and gained from not getting what we think we want. If you so choose, it can make you a richer, more textured person who has much to offer others. When I think about my own failures, I understand more and more how life is not about what we accomplish, but about the richness of our relationships with other people.

Failure is something you risk when you push yourself to try something new. You could play it safe and do the same thing over and over again, but you chose to take on a big, new challenge and we all admire you for that.

I can't imagine what it must have been like to be up so high and have just the act of breathing be all you could do. What a story you have shared with us! On your deathbed, I sincerely doubt you will care so much about whether or not you summitted; you were there giving it all you had, and for that you will be glad.

I love you, Dave, and can't wait till you're safely home.


Dolores Sears

Courage, courage, courage. Thanks David for showing us how it's done. Wow - will you enjoy the niceties of life after this? Safe journey home and big time KUDO'S.

Dolores Sears

Kathy Wilhelm

What an impressive feat! I've been captivated by your feeds, I felt I was there. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. It's hard to make the right decisions, but you showed responsibility to your team and didn't put yourself or anyone else in any danger. Enjoy the journey.

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