Episode 084: A Kind of Homecoming

I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before. Arriving back at Everest Base Camp all because of the podcast was one of the coolest moments of my life. I had dreamed of this moment almost every day for the past 4 years. Amazing.

Of course, things were different then they were in 2003. For one, since Scott and I were not affiliated with an expedition we couldn’t drive right up to Base Camp proper. Instead, we arrived at the little temporary Tibetan village which was set up near the Rongbuk Monastery. I guess this separation had something to do with the Chinese Olympic Torch team and their desire to keep “Free Tibet!” protesters under a watchful eye.

After we found a tea house to stay the night at Scott and I set out for the 7km walk up to BC so we could see what teams were around.

I could definitely feel the altitude as we walked but I was so happy to be back in that valley I didn’t care that my head was pounding. Then, as we got close to the northern end of BC we walked around a corner of the road and there was BC in all of its glory. I felt like I was arriving home from a long absence and shed a few tears of joy.

Yes, Everest Base Camp isn’t the most comfortable place in the world but it sure did get to feel like home in 2003. And now I was walking into it with one of the best friends I’ve ever had, and all because of a podcast.

It was a moment I’ll never forget.

Jon Miller

Total Running Time: 23:28