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John John Burke  'Raising the Banner for Youth Wellness- Everest 2017' Business Owner-Armada Hotel, Hotel Doolin, CrossFit Ennis, Doolin Village lodges


Just one month since I got home from #everest in one piece, in no small part to all the people who helped me train and prepare my body and mind, firstly @trevorslattery who gave his time selflessly to get my S&C up to speed standing side by side with me on long endurance session, our other partner in crime @braceeli for all help and advice in and out of the gym, and the rushed packing before departure! all the @crossfitennis_ trainers and crew especially @clods123 who did her very best and made progress on my bad mobility! Karen Weeks Kinvara for tuning my brain to keep positive and handle set backs, @excelphysiotherapy for the Pilates and the talented Sean for Physio work, @peterjoconnell for the time on hills and support @soulogav for the advice and equipment, @chefpjackson and all @armadaspanishpoint for all the snacks out there and nutritional prep. All the friends like Duke who got me training and kept me focused and all who kept me company at different stage like the 24hr challenge. Irish climbers like Paul, Mark, @falveypat @mortellrob and especially @cianobrolchain for training and prep advice. Brian Bateson/ climb it for the cold days and great company guiding in Wicklow, @climbingadele @jeffbanksmountainguide For training abroad. And everyone else who kept me working before I left to get me down alive and kicking.

This was the moment I realised it was job done, out of danger on the Icefall after 2 days descent from camp 4 after summiting, probably 8-10kg lighter than I had been 6 days earlier. Meeting Mingma owner of @ascenthimalayas and Tsering who was base camp manager who came in about 45 mins from base camp with a bottle of @cocacola was a moment I won't forget, I was so dehydrated up high and had craved this so much yet it was impossible to get it, in my mind it was the energy and hydration that I so badly needed all in one, at one point I had offered $100 to the Sherpas to see if they knew anyone who could trade one, its crazy how the mind can work up there. When I arrived at this point Mingma greeted me with his usual warmth, I knew he was in contact with home through @aoibhingarrihy when I was up high and it was like my two worlds were back as one again. Tamting, Mingma,Tsering and I sat and chatted for about 30 mins the weight of Everest seemed to be finally lifted off my shoulders and I was heading home, I had worked hard to remain positive all the time up there and not think about the time I would be hitting for the place and people I love most, but deep down it was always a struggle to be away, at this point I knew I was hitting home! #everest #everest17 #mounteverstofficial #mountainclimbing

My celebration face Back at camp 4 where I was sharing a tent once again with the powerful Welsh climber @allanmeek , we were so relieved and happy to have summited and before clocking off for the night we savoured and celebrated our success, even with a few weak high fives! About 5 in the morning we woke to the tent rattling and shaking to the storm that blew outside, it seemed powerful, and I certainly wasn't feeling powerful! At that point I remembered our premature celebrations, and the stark reality that we were still just touching the death zone, sleeping in probably the most dangerous camp site on earth a place out of reach of rescue and supply. We agreed that this climb was far from over. I remembered so many stories I had read of people who's bodies had so much damage done to them up here due to winds and cold, and worse still those who never left here. It was another moment of realisation, just like on the summit, that I needed to be on top form and totally tuned in to my every move and the surroundings , I also felt quiet naive for my celebrations. The winds were far too strong to leave the tent but at the same time It was not a place that would allow our bodies another night there, I still wasn't taking food in and knew that wasn't good either. About 3 hours later the winds died and the zip lifted and Passang said it was time to move! Once again the weather allowed us safe passage and we escaped downwards during a window of calm winds. #everest #everest17 #mountainclimbing #mounteverstofficial #nepal @ascenthimalayas

My final steps into camp 4 on the way back down from summiting, this was the end of an 18 hour day in the death zone, with no sleep between the previous days work, it felt like a long way back down, and with nearly 1000mtrs of height gain it was the biggest day Ascent wise, but equally the mind and body felt strong. The body can't survive in the death zone it slowly disintegrates to generate the energy it needs to keep operating, oxygen supplied by a cylinder in my backpack helps slow this process and extend the time the body can survive up there. Some people really seemed to struggle on the way down and the most stupid things I saw on the mountain was during this part of the descent, descent statistically is when most accidents happen. Camp 4 at 7900 was a welcome rest for the night.
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The view from the top of the World! Just got some images from the @gopro that I used on summit night, I spent 25 mins on the top in all, the first 5/10 mins was the emotional and special part soaking up where I was, then it was time to tune back in. From the top there was quiet a bit of cloud far below, but the great peaks around popped out over the clouds. #everest #everest17 #elevate #mountainclimbing #mounteverstofficial

There's no party like a sherpa party, but we will give it our very best shot at @armadaspanishpoint tonight!! And anyone that's about id love to buy you a few drinks as a thank you for all the support over last few months. Drop in anytime after 9pm.

Just a few hours from the summit, I captured this short clip, generally on the summit night I was focusing on the task at hand, Every ounce of energy mattered so even the process of retrieving the camera, removing a glove and capturing a picture seemed like energy that could be better spent on steps towards the summit. I look back and wish albeit without regret for how I made my choices, that I had more images but the handful I did get will mean something. The man in the blue down suit is Tamting Sherpa, one of the strongest, safest and soundest men on the mountain. We worked together from camp 4 till we got back to camp 4. He was the perfect guide for me, keeping watchful eye over how I worked, minimal conversation if any, and safe as I could hope for. Nobody climbs these mountains with these high altitude workers. Even the 'solo' 'unsupported' climbs are using the work of the Ice Doctors to camp 2 and of course the porters and staff at Base Camp and often above also. I hate the word Hero when it comes to sport, as ultimately it's a choice and it's for oneself, but if there are heroes on the mountains it's these guys. #everest17 #everest #sherpa #mountainclimbing #mounteverstofficial
Ps. Can you spot the people on the side of the ridge just about half way between me and the summit?

Camp 4 Everest, looking up to the route to the summit. So saddened to hear today about the 4 people found in Camp 4 that won't make it back to their homes. This all feels even more surreal as I enjoy and celebrate my home coming. I know how lucky I have been to capitalise on the earliest window of opportunity to summit, and I think of so many that are still there, pursuing their dreams on a mountain and realises dreams and nightmares for so many. Everest has now claimed 10 lives this season which is a number that would exceed most expectations. I pray for the remaining climbers on the mountain. And thank the leadership of Mingma and Passang and all the team of @ascenthimalayas for making good decisions and ensuring their climbing guides had the skills and experience to do likewise. I hope the remaining companies can do the same. RIP to those that won't make it home. 'Getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory' Ed Viesturs. #everest17 #everest #elevate

A room with a view! The camp 3 view from its position on the top of the Lhotse face, and looking down the Western Cwm. What a view to close the day on from 7,150mtrs above sea level.
P.s. I haven't used filters to edit pics along the way generally, and this in it's pure and simple form cannot be improved either.
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It's 2am and the first steps of the 6 day summit push are about to begin. Whatever your religion or faith you cannot but be affected by the spirituality of the Sherpas and Nepali high altitude workers. Here Mingma owner of @ascenthimalayas co ordinates the final prayers before we step into the Ice Fall and up the mountain. The Rice is thrown to Puja altar as an offering. A few days before a few of us happened to attend a ceremony in a monastery and Passang, Expedition leader and brother to Mingma said that he believes our attending ceremony brought luck good karma to the expedition, their faith is deep and sincere, and their respect for the mountain genuine in every way. As the Sherpas said their prayers, I too said mine, albeit differently. The pressure and intensity added to the breathless feeling of what was starting. .
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Pic from c2 on final summit push...On the 12th May after just returning from a hard training session on Kalapathar, a last minute meeting was called by Passang, Mingma and Tsering, they presented the potential alignment of a weather window opening on the 16th, along with a rumour of rope fixing being taken charge of by the Ghurkas (Nepali soldier division in British army) who were there waiting to make a summit bid also. There were a lot of ifs and maybes, but there was a chance and that was enough to make us go for it, 8 hours later. So up at 2 am and our summit push had begun, it would give us a straight push to camp 2, no time for a days rest there which would be normal, on to camp 3 next day, and following day to camp 4 where we would rest for 4 hours before commencing the final push for the top. I cannot describe how tough each day was, in particular because of the scorching day time heat, my entire system shut down to food and drink, even though I was burning on average 15,000 calories a day and in temps above 30c, from camp 2 wearing a down suit as temps could start as low as -15c. By the time I got to camp 4 stomach cramps and vomiting was causing me major concern but this was the summit push and something had to go wrong naturally! At 9pm the final push started, temps not so bad at the start and winds low, but maybe -25/30at later stages. I blanked -time, thirst, hunger and discomfort and got into the perfect zone for focus and plodding along, and the hours slipped by, within an hour i had seen the first body and after a short prayer and reflection I took the time to reflect on what I needed to do not to become part of the mountain. When the sun began to rise and the place I had dreamed of being for so long presented itself on every side of me, the majestic mountains of the Himalayas I took a few minutes to appreciate how close I was to realising my dream. Eventually at 9.45am I stood on top of the world. I was hit with emotions after a tough climb to be there and thoughts of all I had put people though for me to be there along with the support I had received from so many of you. Tamting Sherpa and I began the descent after 25mim on top. Tbc.

Good have landed back on Everest after some rest in Namche Bazzar, feel fully recovered from the work to date and ready if or when the the ropes are fixed. Different teams on different schedules now as plans are thrown up in the air with delays due to high winds up high. All that matters on this however is each individual and right now I'm ready to give this the best shot, if and when the mountain is ready. This is simply a challenge of me against myself, with so many variables outside my control, all of them cannot weigh on my confidence or morale. Early on I thought I'd be setting off for home around this time, and right now it's quiet the opposite, I don't even know when I'm setting off for the final push. But spirits are high and body is fully charged! So if and when the time comes, right now I'm ready, and if it doesn't come, and if I can't perform at the time for whatever reason, I will know that I will have left nothing behind and that's all I promised myself from the start, there is no certainty out here, nor room for a gung ho attitude, you have to respect the mountain and your body. it's not about the summit it's about giving this my very best shot, the summit is optional! 'It's not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves' Edmund Hillary.
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