Thanks. The whole experience from the beginning though today has been something that I feel so blessed to have had. It obviously still shapes my life today. It has connected me with so many people who I would have never known, otherwise.
Shortly after I wrote that story I got a phone call from Tom Hornbein. The story was making the rounds among climbers of a certain age and he tracked me down just to chat. Pretty surprising for me to get a call like that. He laughed and told me some stories of his own. I got to talk to him about the Everest West Ridge traverse. We’ve exchanged a few emails.
Totally random. Getting lost and found at 17 opened doors, connected me with some of my heros, helped my risk assessment process, and I’ve made new friends. There-I-was-thought-I-was-gonna-die but it turned out good.
Fred is still actively climbing and holding court with the Sherpas in Eastern Washington.