My best wishes to all of you and I hope you have a fabulous safe and happy trek

If you have been watching the group numbers like I was you will have seen 4 vacancies has jumped to 5. I am absolutely gutted to say that I am the person who has pulled out. I did the Everest High Passes (Grade 7) trek in October and had continued training ever since and was totally trek ready. I even had my kitbag contents weighed to the nearest 10g - miraculously I had got it to just below 12kg.

Last week I suddently got stomach pains which it transpires is caused by my having cancer which has already spread.  I am not writing for sympathy, but like a trek, when you have to keep walking even though you know you are running on empty (you will experience that!), I will have a good attempt to take on whatever the coming months offers me even when energy is low.

This is not a sad email, it is written because I really want to say that I hope each and everyone of you is near trek ready with visas and everything else in place. I wish you all the safest of travels and hope that everyday exceeds the expectation you may already have.  On paper the trek looks 'awesome beyond words', and I hope you can all describe it that way after you have reached your goals.  I will look forward to reading your online reviews when you are back.

My very best wishes to you all.

Pete Winterbottom

(For any future K2 trekkers - I used the on-line visa application process (US$60),  It worked a treat and I had my visa confirmation within 10 days of submitting my application. It was quick and easy and seemed far less hassle than going to Gerry's or paying more to a 3rd party)

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