Well folks, you can stop worrying, because Justin is off the mountain. He is not hurt or ill. He just did not feel it at all this time and decided to end his climb.
My dad had this saying and it has always been a favorite takeaway for Justin and I. Justin really dug deep in his assessment about whether he should continue climbing and felt the message from my dad (Papa K as he called him) in heaven was strong:
“If it doesn’t feel right, smell right or sound right, it ain’t right.”
This is why I am never not very worried when Justin climbs. Because he always trusts his gut. He just didn’t feel excited about this climb in the way he should have, and felt like he was doing it for the wrong reasons: his unfinished business with the summit. He worried he would push himself beyond his limits and to a danger level (reminder: he’s had 3 surgeries since his last climb).
There are still other adventures to be had and I am proud of my guy for being true to himself and making this hard decision.
We are always appreciative of everyone’s support. Please leave your comments as usual, but just know that Justin is not up for talking. Still processing the whirlwind!