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The Summit's Scream
Transcript of The Summit's Scream
By Nicholas Heide
Nine days ago we were ready to get started on our dreadful journey. I looked up at the mountain that I was about to set foot on. That is, my brother Ethan and I. It wasn’t really my idea to do this, it was his. I told him it was time to go and he nodded. We set off.
All of the sudden huge winds started blowing. We were almost at top and five people were already dead. Each time someone collapsed I got more and more fearful. 10 meters to go, now 9, 8, 7, 6. Then I realized Ethan and I had done it. The top of the world.
We got to camp one by nightfall. We had a fair dinner. After supper we went to bed. I fell asleep in a second. I woke up and found Ethan outside sitting on a rock looking at the sun rise. I sat down beside him. We sat in silence until he said, “We shouldn’t have done this.” I was surprised when he said that so I replied, “Don’t be insane.” He looked at me and laughed and I joined in, but right after I started he stopped laughing and said, “I’m serious, I really don’t think we should continue on.” I looked him straight in the eyes and told him. “You wanted to do this and I agreed, we trained for a year and now you say you want to give up?” He stared at the ground and said “I guess.” That’s when I lost my temper. I yelled at him until he agreed to continue with me. We started climbing again.
I woke up. The sky was clear and the sun shone on the summit of Everest. I got ready quickly and started finishing the hike up the mountain with everyone else.
The top of the world. Death everywhere. I turn around. I scream.
We got a few hundred meters before taking a break. I had a long drink of water and walked around and counted how many people were traveling with us. There were 13. We had 14, but one had dropped out because of exhaustion. The leader said that we should get going now so we could make it to camp two by dawn. We would have to put on our oxygen systems at camp two. I went over to Ethan and I said, “Only 400 more meters till we sleep.” “I know!” He answered. We had to climb for the reward of sleep!