Dear Neil,

 

I would like to thank you for the attentive training you offered me before I embarked on my journey to the Himalayas.

 

When my fingers froze at crampon point, I knew how to handle it because of the fridge session you so diligently sat through with me.

 

The way you showed me how to walk with the crampons is exactly what I did on the massive glacier on Island Peak.

 

I am however very grateful that I did not need to use the training of getting myself out of a crevasse or needing to be rescued, but understanding what would have been needed in such an event gave me peace of mind.

 

Everything you taught me gave me confidence and the Jumar section up and abseiling down with very little oxygen was difficult but most certainly not what it could have been if I had not joined you for the course.

 

Your generosity in providing me with the climbing gear I did not have is greatly appreciated.

 

To be able to achieve my goal of summiting Island Peak and doing it safely was a total high for me and I thank you for the part you played in it.

 

I look forward to joining you for more adventures.

 

I am writing my story and will share that with you as soon as it is finished.

 

Warm Regards
Charmaine Rowland

 

December 2018