Hello readers, I am Han Zijun, an amateur mountaineering amateur.
Many people like to give me the title of "mountaineer" because I am the first Chinese female mountaineer who has climbed from the north and south slopes of Mount Everest, but in my opinion, the so-called "professional athlete" should be able to rely on himself The project brings good income and leads a better life.
This title seems very glamorous, but I am not at all. Since I quit my job and chose mountaineering, I have not had a brand sponsor nor have I looked for a sponsor. I don’t want to let myself always think about chores when climbing, except for a backpack. So I choose to bear the cost of each mountaineering myself.
It is no exaggeration to say that mountaineering is a costly project. Taking Mount Everest as an example, the price of a single climb to Mount Everest is 400,000. This does not include the training courses before the mountaineering and the preparation required for full preparation. Time cost, and other bigger costs.
Many people feel that I have embarked on a path of fame and fortune from the original life track, because they can often see me on TV, newspapers and various places. But in fact, after choosing mountain climbing, my income has dropped drastically, and I often put myself in a situation where I can earn my money.
People around me would say that if I were still doing my original job and being a capable and exquisite female white-collar worker, my life would be easier, because I was almost the image of an elite woman in TV series. Working for a Fortune 500 company, I am busy with various dealers during the day, and in and out of high-end shopping malls in my spare time. I wear high-heeled shoes with a brand-name bag every day and meticulously do hair and makeup.
At that time, I worked hard, and in addition to the money I gained, I gradually gained some fame in the circle.
But at the same time, I also started to do casual hiking and mountain climbing. I don’t know if all of my friends who are watching have the same feelings. The pressure of modern people’s life can easily be released in the mountains and rivers. When my steps are not flat When I was on the mountain road, the trivial things at work could hardly disturb me anymore. There was only one way in front of me. I couldn't go back and I could only move forward.
The feeling of forgetting the troubles of life and focusing on the present moment is really fascinating. I look for opportunities for release between work. Until the opportunity to climb Mount Everest was before me, I came to the crossroads of life for the first time.
When my boss and I expressed my desire to finish climbing Mount Everest during the two-month vacation, I was rejected without hesitation. After all, I was carrying over 100 million in sales at the time, and the two-month vacation was too extravagant. What the boss and colleagues don't understand is: You obviously have a very good future, why do you want to lose your mind?
So, I have two completely different choices in my life: continue to be my sales manager; or quit my job to fulfill my Everest dream.
It is impossible to say that there is no entanglement at all. My workplace anxiety has been difficult to relieve. I wake up every day feeling a little desperate and full of ideals, but the problems in the workplace have reached the point where I can't complete with hard work. Hundreds of millions of kpi is like a mountain that makes me breathless. I began to persuade myself: Since it can’t be done anyway, why not just give myself a longer vacation, and when I have enough “play”, I will consider whether to return. To this battlefield.
At that time, my thoughts were very simple. I still couldn't completely let go of my career experience, contacts and resources. I just want to have a holiday and have the opportunity to choose again after returning from Mount Everest.
But I didn't expect that this trip to Mount Everest completely changed the trajectory of my life.
Many people like to ask me why I am obsessed with mountain climbing.
My answer is: I like my life elsewhere. When you talk to fans from different countries in the base camp at the foot of the mountain, when your footprints are scattered in the inaccessible areas of the world, when you "live" again in a completely unfamiliar place, the joy is hard to describe It is not entirely given to me by climbing, but a whole process from preparation to completion.
But I must explain that the unpleasantness of this process was once too difficult for me to bear, and that was death.
In 2015, after quitting my job, I stepped into the Everest Base Camp in Nepal for the first time. Before the trip, I had countless fantasies in my mind. I dreamed of the sense of accomplishment of standing on top of the world and the vast world when I looked around. The impact on me.
My teammates also worked with me to prepare for the base camp. During this time, we got along day and night and became friends who talked about everything. The trust between team members is very important when climbing. You have to give your life and death to your teammates. I call this "dead friendship".
But just a few days before we were ready to climb Mount Everest, disaster struck.
A magnitude 8.1 earthquake occurred in Nepal on April 25. At noon that day, I was eating at the base camp. It had been snowing for several days outside. Everyone thought that when the weather was better, we could head towards the highest peak.
But for an instant, I felt the soles of my feet shaking, and the pots and bowls on the base camp table began to fall to the ground. At that time, there was no time to think, and my instinct drove me out of the tent.
The avalanche on the southern slope of Mount Everest captured in the documentary "Climbing Clouds"
At that time, the avalanche caused by the earthquake had already rolled over the sand and gravel on the mountain. I was thrown to the ground and hugged my head tightly. I was buried in the snow, and a strong sense of suffocation hit me. .
Many friends have asked me, am I scared at that moment?
Are you scared? I don't have time to be afraid, nor time and energy to be afraid. I'm full of mind to get out alive, and I don't allow myself to fall here.
After the earthquake and avalanche subsided, I really felt scared the moment I stood up. The base camp, which was full of life a few minutes ago, was razed to the ground, and all the tents were not in the snow.
And my teammates, the people I had talked to in the base camp, they were lying next to each other. I didn’t dare to confirm if they were still alive. I could only take out my phone and look at my face. There was blood on my face. , I can clearly feel the pain on my face, my nose bone should be broken, but without rescue, I still can't leave that nightmarish base camp.
My fear began at that moment. I lay in my sleeping bag at night and dared not close my eyes. I was afraid of aftershocks and another avalanche. This time I was lucky enough to survive, but next time, will I and us survivors have this good luck?
The surviving Han Zijun recorded by the camera
Yes, my first trip to Mount Everest not only failed, but also ended with such a tragic ending. If you were you, would you still want to challenge it again?
Do you want to climb Mount Everest again?
After I came back, I was not in the mood to think about this issue. For this journey, I quit my job, spent 400,000 yuan, lost some teammates forever, and left unhealable psychological trauma. But my top priority is how to deal with it. I patch up my shabby face to make it look less miserable. Because I have to go home and face my parents, I don't want them to see me in this embarrassment.
Han Zijun, who was carried back to the tent, called the outside world for help
But the "facelift" did not recover as quickly as I thought. When I returned to my hometown with my bag, my face was still very "pig's head", and my face was blue and purple. I didn't dare to tell my mother, I was afraid that she would be sad, and I was still very nervous when the door was opened.
It was my mother who came to open the door that day. The moment she opened the door, tears began to fall. I thought she should be psychologically prepared, but she was still surprised by how I looked. We looked at each other with tears in our eyes for a while, my mother hugged me and started crying, but what I never expected was that she actually cried and said, "Wait, go again."
A problem that I didn't even think about, so my mother made a decision.
Han Zijun and his mother
I am very grateful to her. She is a person who really understands me and rarely "requires" what my life must be like. So when I really climbed Mount Everest, I took a photo with a small flag made by myself. The flag said: Mom, you are my pride. I have never shown this photo to anyone. This is a photo exclusively for me and my mother.
Yes, during that time I started a difficult reconstruction. I never wanted to return to my original workplace and continue to sell equipment. People will understand what they want after "death" once. I understand very well that I never want to live the rest of my life under the pressure of the workplace. I love mountain climbing and adventure. I just want to follow my heart and live the life I want.
Han Zijun in rehabilitation
In mountain climbing, there will be failures if there is success, and there will be people who stand on the top of the mountain, and there will be people who die halfway. I have seen too many people who die in the middle of the road. Although it is not as tragic as the filming of "Everest Scavengers", there is a risk of death in this project and industry.
Climbers who died on the way taken by "Everest Scavengers"
Frankly speaking, I am a very timid person. I love life. The more I explore this world, the more I realize its beauty and the more I want to continue exploring. I don't want to say goodbye to this world when I am so young. I still have unfinished dreams, and there are so many places I want to go.
However, over the years of mountain climbing, I have become more and more aware of its profound meaning and more and more aware of who I am. I often think that since my last job, I have been accepting all the challenges of hell without knowing it. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment after overcoming many difficulties. The beautiful scenery on the summit cannot convince myself to overcome difficulties and dangers. People can never see.
Mountain climbing is not my only choice. In addition to mountain climbing, I am also keen on all kinds of adventure. I used to go snowboarding because I had no experience and fell into an ice crevasse. Of course I was also afraid, so I signed up for a course on how to save myself by crossing a glacier and falling into an ice crevasse. But I won’t give up my next departure because of this. . I have also been preparing for a solo expedition to the Antarctic. Now I think about taking a lonely adventure in an environment where there is no internet and no one can communicate. I also worry about it. If I really die here, maybe there will be a long time later. Find.
But what supports my departure time and time again will never be these fears of death, but the good memories it brings to you, right? Death itself is part of the expedition, and since you have chosen it, of course you have to take the risk.
Moreover, the god of death does not pick people, whether you are a billionaire president or a great god of mountaineering, you have the same probability of death the moment you step out.
I have witnessed the most painful death I have ever witnessed, the Swiss mountaineering god Steck, who is called the "Swiss Machine" because he "forces" himself forward by his will after reaching the limit of his physical functions. At that time, he planned to climb a route that no one had ever completed. He planned to start from the West Ridge to the highest peak in the world.
Before he left, we greeted us at the base camp. At that time, he smiled and said to me: Come to our camp for coffee.
But did you know that when I saw him again the next afternoon, he was already a corpse in the bag, and he didn't even save the whole body.
I think we have the same understanding of mountaineering and adventure. You know that this sport is so dangerous, but you can't convince yourself to stop. In 2015, the Japanese female climber Tomoko Obata who suffered an earthquake with me at the Everest Base Camp in Nepal, suffered serious injuries that year and fractured her legs. She was almost declared goodbye to mountaineering.
Han Zijun and Xiaofan Youzi
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But do you know? When I decided to climb from the southern slope of Mount Everest again, I met her again. When I was about to climb to the top, she stretched out her hand to me. That was our last step on Mount Everest. She smiled at me. The most beautiful smile I have ever seen in my life.
I think this is the charm of mountaineering. I went from being an ordinary white-collar worker to the coolest group of people in the world. It’s not that I love mountain climbing, but it’s that when I was 30 years old, I was able to live as I wanted.