Faces in the Snow

When I see someone atop Mount Everest I think daredevil, adventurer, gutsy. I do not think…

lots of dead or dying bodies, thought I was in a morgue.”


This is a tweet by Sandra Ludec on May 23, 2012. Not only does she scale mountains, Sandra is a lawyer for the Canadian government, at three-days-old she crossed the border of Singapore into Indonesia, heard her first English word at 4, had lived on three continents by the time she was eight. It was not enough.

This is a woman who loved to travel; felt this wanderlust inside that had to be fulfilled. Shortly after her graduation from McGill law, the sandy-blonde headed to India to work with the UN. Still, it wasn’t enough.

“I have also been hiking for as long as I can remember,” she admits, “and a trip to Mt. Everest base camp in 2000 made me dream even bigger.” The climber made her way through four of the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each continent. Then she faced the big one.

Sandra was determined to reach the peak of Mount Everest. Thing is, she didn’t realize the cost. A climber doesn’t stop no matter what, it’s the unwritten code. Should they come upon another climber face down in the snow, close to death, it’s acceptable to step over the body and continue.

“On 26 May 2012 at 5:39 I summited the highest mountain in the world, ” Sandra Ludec

Is it enough now?


May Your Glass Always Be Half Full




About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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