Entries by Kirstie Ennis

Everest April 29 & 30, 2019

April 29, 2019 Day 27: Christopher tapped on my tent at 3 AM to grab two of my Nalgenes to fill with hot water to warm up my socket before putting it on. Come 340 AM he was back, and by 4 I was ready to go, when he came back to let me know […]

Everest April 25-28, 2019

April 25, 2019 Day 23: After having my hopes up about moving, I have to admit I was a bit down in the dumps when we didn’t. I didn’t sleep well and decided to take Mark’s advice and pretend it was a vacation and just sleep in. So I laid in bed rather than going […]

Everest April 23 & 24, 2019

April 23, 2019 Day 21: Sleep didn’t come easy last night as my mind raced. So much to be done, but so little to actually do here. I woke up to the heat roasting me and my watch read 728 AM. It was the latest I had slept in all trip. I can tell sitting […]

Everest April 20-22, 2019

April 20, 2019 Day 18: Jesus. It’s cold. First time I’ve had a real chill the entire trip. I woke up to my hair being caught in my sleeping bag velcro and white frost covering me. I sleep with my forehead and eyes out of the bag and no sooner than I opened my eyes, […]

Everest April 17-19, 2019

April 17, 2019 Day 15: My first quiet morning. The boys, with the exception of Rob, went on a wild goose chase back down to Gorak Shep — mainly for WiFi. It’s quite comical watching everyone stress over the internet, but maybe its because I am bored. I am slowly learning to take my time […]

Everest April 15 & 16, 2019

April 15, 2019 Day 13: I woke up at 2 AM with a booming headache. Not sure if I was dehydrated or if the altitude was finally settling in. Though I still flailed around, I was pleased with myself as I managed to get comfortable with my prosthetic in the sleeping bag. I don’t really […]

Everest April 12-14, 2019

April 12, 2019 Day 10: I remember Lobuche to Gorak Shep being absolutely miserable when I was here before. Heat has always been my biggest issue, so without that this time, I wasn’t too concerned. Christopher and I had guessed we’d get to Gorak Shep in 5 or 6 hours. We made it in 3. […]

Everest April 10 & 11, 2019

April 10, 2019 Day 8: The ongoing joke is that I should’ve made two buttons to wear during the trek: 1. Yes. I am actually going for the summit. 2. Photos are a $5 donation to The Kirstie Ennis Foundation. Next time. The morning went smoothly. Slow start, but there was no rush for Christopher, […]

Everest April 7-9, 2019

April 7, 2019 Day 5: Without fail, I woke up at 4 AM – the usual the last few days. I meditate a bit, I write, and then of course, try to stay in touch with everyone back home. The mornings seem to go quickly for me here in Nepal. 7 AM: I came downstairs […]

Everest Day Two – Four

April 4, 2019 Day Two: 3 AM: I woke up without hesitation. The room I’m in “Kala Patthar” at the Paradise Lodge is made of plywood walls covered in a cracking, dull yellow paint, old images of climbers, and a short history of the mountain this room is named after. The beds are foam pads […]