What Did Mountains Teach Me: Bouchra Baibanou (Full Transcript)

When I was there, I was trying to live the moment. I was trying to enjoy the wonderful natural scenes. There, I felt really grateful. The hard conditions push us to appreciate the value of what we always have, like water, food, and oxygen.

Due to my long period spent in the Everest base camp, I met a group of climbers from around the globe. I got benefits from their experiences and I lived special moments with them. This taught me how to coexist and appreciate others, away from their nationalities, or their religions, or the prejudgments.

After one month from the practices, we were still waiting. Waiting is hard, especially in the hard conditions. But always we’ve to remember our goal.

When the weather became appropriate, I began walking alongside with my guide who is always in that region. We climbed till we reached the fourth camp, 26,000 ft high. The death area starts there, oxygen there is a third of the normal, human body starts deteriorating very fast. So it’s not good to stay there a long time since you’ll not feel comfortable even in your sleep.

We wouldn’t sleep there, as we had to go towards the summit that night. But the wind was so heavy. And another problem arose: my guide’s oxygen device suddenly broke down. So we had to sleep in the fourth camp, 26,000 ft high.

My guide asked me to share my oxygen with him. We used to share food and water. But oxygen? We didn’t think in that.

Although, I didn’t say no because sharing is one of my most important values. So we shared the oxygen. As you know, neuronal cells die if there was lack in the oxygen. So when I woke up in the morning I wondered if I was able to think. And I did some mental calculations, “What 2 times 2 is?” When I answered 4, I said thank God, I can think so far.

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The next day, we continued our way at 9:30 pm. Before we had started, I said in myself: “There must be a reason.” Yesterday, the wind was heavy and no one reached the summit. Fortunately, I didn’t reach it as well.

And here the importance of the spiritual power appears, since I was totally surrendered to my God. And I said “Anything I get from God is good.” And we got benefit when we didn’t go that night. The next day, we continued our way at 9:30 pm.

My lamp turned off, when I just started walking at night. But I didn’t give up, I continued. My glasses, which I was wearing to protect my eyes, freezed due to the cold weather, since the temperature was -22 °F. And the wind was also heavy. I took off my glasses and kept climbing.

I passed by dead bodies, but I passed them and continued. I was thinking about nothing, I was just focusing on my goal. And feeling nothing. Even my feels freezed. After 10 hours climbing, 10 hours walking, walking and suffering, I reached it, the world’s highest summit.

It was an amazing view. From there, I saw Tibet plateau and Khumbu valley. I was above the clouds and the fog, so much fog that I couldn’t collect. I was above the summits, I felt myself really tiny in front of my God creation. I felt very thankful because my God gave me the strength and the ability to get there.

And I felt really free. After 20 minutes from being there, I realized that I hadn’t finished yet, I had to descend. 80% of the accidents happens during descending, because people were really excited to arrive. And when they arrive, discover that they’d drained all of their strength or oxygen.

When I started descending, and as I told you I took off my glasses, my eyes were affected by ultraviolet rays. I couldn’t see well, my vision was foggy. So I wondered if I could return or not. When I reached the fourth camp, I discovered that my fingertips had freezed. I got a frozen bite.

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For sure, success isn’t easy. To succeed we’ve to sacrifice and suffer. Tomorrow I’ll go to the Vinson Massif. Certainly, it is not as high as Everest. But it’s hard because it is located in Antarctica. As I said before, weather conditions are really harsh.

Tomorrow, I’ll go to Chile, from there I’ll start. Then I’ll go towards Punta Arenas, Chile’s farthest point. And from there, we’ll fly to Antarctica, to reach Union Glacier. Then I’ll aboard another plane from Twin Otter type, to go to the base camp in Vinson. And from there we’ll start walking for about 10 days, reach the summit, and return back.

So the hardest thing in this summit is in its weather conditions. There is also technical factors. But like any other summit, however, it’s hard and we should prepare for it. And like any other summit, there are difficulties, challenges and lessons to learn.

So, as you know, tomorrow I will fulfill my dream. And what about you, what about your dreams?

Thank you. Well done!

 

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