“What is failure?
Failure is never dreaming big.
Failure is cheating yourself.
Failure is not recognising your worth and journey to where you are.
Failure is not learning the lessons given to you.
Failure is thinking you have done enough.
Today, it is with the greatest of sadness that Pete and I have had to end our amazing expedition in Pakistan.
We were due to make our way to K2 base camp and start our planning for the ascent. On receipt of 3 different weather forecasts we can see that heavy snow and wind will dominate the mountain for at least 6 days, then we will need a period of consolidation before it can be worked. This will mean a further wait of 9-10 days before we can climb.
Pete and I simply do not have the time left on our visas/permits to climb, to be able to safely achieve our goal. The decision has been taken out of our hands.
As you would expect we are truly upset with this ending and as committed mountaineers would have preferred almost any outcome other than this.
But we know that for some families they will not have the opportunity to welcome home their loved ones and it’s for this reason we choose to return proud and thankful.
We are proud to have been part of a season here in Pakistan where so many people have shared their successes over the past weeks and hope that along with us they will continue to support the beauty of this country and the people who selflessly give so much to ensure climbers have a these opportunities.
Pete and I can both, in time reflect on this adventure and know for sure we have positively impacted on the lives and livelihoods of many, many Pakistani men.
Those that have contributed to our cause, we can’t thank you enough and we look forward to connecting with you all on our return home to discuss how we have and will support the future of this mountain and it’s people. It means so much to have had your support. We won’t forget it.
We can hold our heads up high and know that we have done our best and most when asked for, we can and will remember that we gave up the opportunity of success for the safety of others and can celebrate that for us, this was our summit.”