11 May 2017, 11:47 pm Alaska Time, Base Camp, 7,200 ft.
We are back at Base Camp.
Three days ago Mohamed had developed sever stomach irritation which ultimately turned out to be a gastro-intestinal bleed. While the bleed had gotten better and stopped over the course of the last three days, under the recommendation of three separate physicians it was too dangerous to head to 17,000 ft Camp, we would have been too isolated if anything had gone wrong and with temperatures at negative forty C the margin for error would have been negligible. The decision was made this morning to head back to Base Camp and to try to fly off the mountain tomorrow morning.
Mohamed is fine, the bleed has stopped, this was purely a precautionary measure.
While there is an element of disappointment of course, we thoroughly enjoyed every second (except for the blinding cold nights) of this trip. This place is truly magical and the experience is intoxicating, I certainly plan to come back soon, and hopefully bring my boys here one day inshallah.
We thank you all for your prayers and support.
Love to all,