I shot this video at arm’s length inside the tent at Camp 3; high camp on Ama Dablam. Notice how knackered I am, and how I cough during my speech, shaking the camcorder, and the shoot. This expedition, although successful, was not conducted in the normal manner simply because we were the only ones on the mountain that year. Everyone else tends to be attempting bigger peaks during spring in Nepal, especially Everest. Success on Ama Dablam came at a cost, albeit a very cheap cost considering what could have happened had we made the slightest mistake on the way down. “The summit is only half the journey”.
I must have been half way between 89 degrees and the South Pole (90 degrees) when my ski binding broke. I wasn’t carrying an identical spare, and the nearest city or airport, let alone ski shop was thousands of miles away. Although I had accepted the fact that I would walk the rest of the journey on foot (plan B), I set about to try to solve my problem (plan A). Some people kick the car and walk, others open the hood and try to isolate the problem and fix it. I definitely belonged to that second group. “Every problem has a solution”…
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I shot this video with a wide angle at arm’s length while hanging on the rope on the Japanese Couloir. Having left more than an hour before me, all of my team mates were above and I was never able to catch up. There was a lot of snow on the mountain that year, and they inadvertently triggered three avalanches on me. Had I not been on a steep slope, the third one would have buried me. Three minutes later, I took the harsh decision to turn back. I remembered the words of Reinhold Messner with regards to a mountain not too far from there: “I have great respect for the Italians who summited K2 for the first time in 1954,” he said, “but even greater respect for the Americans and the way they failed in 1953. They were decent. They were strong. And they failed in the most beautiful way you can imagine. This is inspiration for a lifetime.”
Two days later at Base Camp, I wrote the following in my daily journal: …”Some years, the mountain opens its arms to everyone and allows climbers to stand on its summit. This year, it wasn’t to be. On more than one occasion, mighty Gasherbrum transmitted clear messages to us. She needed to be left alone. Most of us understood. Most but not all. After all the hardship we had been through, and just as we were poised to pick the fruit of our long suffering, it took a great deal of wisdom and courage to turn back…”
toufic omran i am from R.B.I.S: you are so fantastic
tweety: he did a great job wallah .
tina: you are a amazing personnal i like you you have a courage
Shoghig: you made me realize how infinite can dreams be...
Omar Al Dana from wellspring [grade 4 ]: I want to be like you , a risktakere ;i loooooooove you
DHARI AL SALEH: congragulationsfor your succes
ibrahim sakr: hi max remember me i am a wellspring i came to villa audie on thursday 3 december 3
firstname.lastname@example.org: just spent a good part of the night on your site,
the little mountain climbing i have done and my attachment to nature help me appreciate how wonderful are your achievements
Mireilla AbouRjeily: We are so proud of you I wish to do the same like you
Georges Assaf: We are proud of you Maxime!! You lift our Lebanese Spirit Up!!!
nadia rifai: hello i thank u for coming to our school expo and again i congradulate u n
Samia: You are a role model!
elie zgheib: go tiger
nadia from wellspring: i am so happy because you came to our school i kept my comic strip in class so maybe miss chirine could give it to you
congradulation for your sucess
Andree: Dear Maxim..
From a little country to a far away land..wish we all have your determination..you are a world wide symbol of lebanese pride.. GOD BLESS YOU..
Rami: You have an amazing spirit and courage, we are all proud of your achievements! total RESPECT!
Mark: Still feeling so proud of what you have done... Max... the hero of Lebanon!!! One of so few in the world to do whatyou have done...
Nadine: vs etes venu chez ns a l'ecole(IC Ain Aar) on a tous ete impressiones vs etes la fierte du Liban!! Ur our biggest hero thanks for everytime you did ur best to raise lebanon's name very hight!! we are proud of u!! Alf mabrouf
MASAYA: "Maxim respire ,liban existe." Je suis trop fière d'être libanaise comme toi MAXIM.
Imad A. Aoun: Max,comme t'appelle tes amis,j'ai suivi avec fierte tes apparences a la TV et ce soir avec Bikra Ilna sur OTV...tu es notre fierte nationale avec un esprit propre ,fier et determine .Courage dans tout ce que tu entreprends,et que Dieu soit toujours avec toi !!!
Rami A: Maxime you are a history !!! we are so proud of you when i will grow up i will make the climb of everst ur are my superman !!!
JC: It's a great pleasure to meet such a brave conquerer!!!
R1: Max, I watched the first season of Everest and admired your professionalism and compassion and have tremendous respect for you and for all other mountaineers (like me) because of the many challenges you endured. Congratulations to you and to your country!
joumana Accad: I am so proud of you!
You are a Lebanese hero!