Freedom Climb 2013 – Acclimatization Day

By – Celia Shortt

After their long hike, the Freedom Climb team had a day not only to rest and adjust to the higher altitude, but also to reflect on the difficult hike the day before and their journey so far.

Debbie, second from the front, crossing the bridge.

Debbie, second from the front, crossing the bridge.

“It was pretty phenomenal. We had a couple girls on our team who were pretty weak, but I’m telling you they powered through it. It was absolutely stunning beautiful. We had to zig zag across the river a couple times. I wasn’t too crazy about the bridges. I’m a little afraid of heights, so I was looking straight ahead, not down. The porters have been fantastic about taking care of us.” – Debbie Dingle, Freedom Climber from Florida

 

To adjust to the higher altitude, the climbers took some shorter steep hikes around Namche. Their first hike was in the morning before sunrise where they hiked about to a plateau and saw Mt. Everest for the first time since arriving. They also got to see the sunrise over it.

“Today, well we got up very early. I think it was like 5:30. We walked for about an hour to this plateau where we could look over Everest and see the sun come up. It was absolutely stunning!” – Rose Hack

Rose and Denise

Rose Hack and fellow climber, Denise

First view of Mt. Everest

Gorgeous View!

View of Namche where they stayed last night

View of Namche where they stayed last night

View of the team hiking

View of the team hiking

While hiking, the team had a great time of fellowship and worship as they spent time together and enjoyed their surroundings. Tomorrow, the team has a long hike to Dingboche where they will spend the night.

Marleen, a Freedom Climber who lives in Africa

Marleen, a Freedom Climber who lives in Africa, is greeted by team members as finishes her hike.

Finishing the hike!

Finishing the hike!

The climbers of the team who went to Baylor University take a minute to celebrate being alumni :)

The climbers of the team who went to Baylor University take a minute to celebrate being alumni 🙂

A sign on the trail pointing the way to Tengboche

A sign on the trail pointing the way to Tengboche

Please continue to pray for their health.
Pray for hurting knees and aching bodies to feel better.
Pray that they will hike quickly and make up the time lost from having to stay in Lukla for a night.
Continue to check the Freedom Climb Facebook page and website for more updates and pictures.

The Freedom Climb standing in front of Mt. Everest.

The Freedom Climb standing in front of Mt. Everest.

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5 thoughts on “Freedom Climb 2013 – Acclimatization Day

  1. Love seeing the pictures and reading about your adventure! Congrats on the big climb yesterday and praying for continued wellness and safety.

  2. Ladies — thinking of you, praying for you, wishing I was there in the place about which I’ve read most every book, and thanking God that you listened when He called.
    Shelley Small (former teammate of Shelly Conrad — Sic Em Bears!)

  3. I also want to thank you for the updates every day. You are all in our prayers and you all are amazing women to do this. We know God’s cloud of protection is over you and He empowers all of you to finish what He has called you to do. We trust Him to strengthen your knees and bodies and keep you all healthy. We are especially proud of our daughter, Annelize Theunissen. All our love and also our special prayers go with for her.

  4. You are all in my prayers daily! May you find joy & strength in your hard work. Hope I an be with you all next time!

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