NEWSLETTERS - Manaslu 2010

Newsletter 173 October 2010

Packing up

The Himex team is just packing up our base camp and getting ready to leave for Samagoan tomorrow morning. But before we shut everything down, we would like to share this beautiful poem with you that was written by one of our members, Alan Millard. The poem is based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous ‘IF’.

IF (Himex Version)

If you can keep your head when the Independents
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you
If you can trust yourself when others doubt you
but make allowances for their doubting too
If you can rope up but not be tired by staking
or being complained about but not starting the complaints
or being single but not internet dating
And yet don’t look too good, lest Monica just faints

If you can dream and not make Everest your master
If you can think and not make thoughts your aim
If you can meet with Summit or Disaster
and treat those two imposters just the same
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
twisted by others to make a trap for fools
or watch the Chinese trips Russ gave his life to, broken
and stoop and build them up with ‘old-school’ tools

If you can build one heap of all your winnings
and risk it all on ‘forecasted weather’
and fail and start again at your beginnings
eating salted plums for the worst decision ever
If you can force your heart, and nerve and sinew
to continue climbing long after they are gone
and so keep going when Adrian’s way beyond you
and there’s just your will that says ‘hold on’

If you can talk with guides and keep your virtue
or walk with Russ and not lose the common touch
If neither loving friends nor foes can hurt you
If all members count with you but not too much
If you can fill the Base Camp minute
with 60 seconds of Woody’s classy music (let’s pretend)

Then yours is the Earth and everything in it.

And what’s more,
You’ll be a Climber, my Friend

Adapted from IF by Rudyard Kipling
Alan Millard, September 2010