What altitude sickness taught me about myself: turns out I have a killer personality

Aaron Birkby
Oct 27, 2018 · 15 min read
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Photo credit: awesome craft beer scientist and fellow trekker Kerry Claydon
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Our group about to depart Kathmandu, looking all fresh, energised and clean.
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Me and Ben in the back of a helicopter, dodging through weather windows, first by fixed wing from Kathmandu to Phaplu, then the last heli out of Phaplu to Lukla, before a 75min dusk run to the tea house for the night.
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One of the photos the sherpas showed me of their last summit of Everest. Instantly made me want to do it.
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Just three of our sherpas: Sangmu Sherpa, Ngaa Tenji Sherpa, and GelzZen Sherpa
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Photos simply don’t capture the scenery, nor fully tell the story of how the locals live.
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A beautiful thin layer of snow and ice covered the path out of Lobuche towards Gorak Shep
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Me feeling completely and literally shit. Photo credit: Jarryd Townson who wanted to capture my shitness.
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Made it. Huge disparity between how I was feeling inside versus how it appears.
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This is Gorak Shep. More vomit per capita than any other place on earth.
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Possibly the closest I will ever get to Everest (it’s the centre peak in this photo). Well other than the helicopter flight we took up and around it
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Our group at Base Camp

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Aaron Birkby

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Human Transformation Architect. Dad of two amazing souls. Lover of adventure. Passionate about human & company growth. Co-founder Peak Persona & Tribe Global.

Peak Performance Persona

Helping individuals achieve sustainable peak performance

Aaron Birkby

Written by

Human Transformation Architect. Dad of two amazing souls. Lover of adventure. Passionate about human & company growth. Co-founder Peak Persona & Tribe Global.

Peak Performance Persona

Helping individuals achieve sustainable peak performance

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