By – Celia Shortt
Yesterday, the Freedom Climb team decided to divide into two different groups. One would start their descent down the mountain, and the other would continue on to summit Kala Pattar. Neither team would make it to Everest Base Camp.
“What we ended up doing is we said, we just stay safe. We identified those who were weakened or had been sick for a long time, and we’re just giving them two extra days to go down. The sad thing is a lot of the ladies were so disappointed, just lots of tears. And I just looked at them, and I said you have to trust me on this because altitude will hit fast and hit hard.” – Cathey Anderson
Cathey is leading a team of 16 — 13 of the climbers who came down with her and the other 3 who had already stayed behind. Even though are heading down the mountain earlier than they had planned, they will still be able to summit Ama Dablam Base Camp.
“Elevation 1, Becky 0. Got altitude sickness at 14,500 ft and turned back with about 15 others, making our way back to Lukla to arrive on Sunday, I think. Still got a long journey back. I’m feeling better but not at 100%. God is still sooooo good and it’s been an amazing journey. What a privilege. Thanks for your continued prayers.”- Becky Barnhart
The other group of climbers headed to Lobuche and will be camping there tonight. Tomorrow morning (tonight here), they will trek to Kala Pattar Peak, summit it, and head back down to Lobuche. After Lobuche, they will have three days to make it down the mountain.
Even though the climb is not going as planned, God is still glorified through it. Despite their circumstances, these women are still climbing to raise awareness and funds for women and children who oppressed, enslaved, and have no way to climb out of their circumstances. Their purpose and reason has not changed.
One climber said it best:
“For me, the favorite part of this hiking has been to link my experience here with the people who are suffering.” –Gildelia Moromisato
Continue to prayer for the health and safety of these women.
Pray that those who have started down the mountain will continue to feel better.
Pray that those who are going on to Kala Pattar would stay healthy and energized.
Pray that all the women will not be discouraged because of their circumstances but will continue to press on for their purpose.