Category 'Uncategorized'


Home Sweet Home

Dear Family & Friends: I’m home. Yipeee! It was so sweet of my wife to set up one of my tents in the backyard so I would feel completely at home when I went to bed last night. Just kidding. In addition to the thanks I expressed in my last e-mail, I want to thank […]


The Fierce Howling Wind

Click here to download…Written report translated from audio report: “Hello, it’s Bill Burke calling from Camp 2. We’re facing the full fury of the mountain fighting back. I just thought I would call and let you hear what the wind sounds like on Mount Everest. When the wind dies down I’ll call back and give […]


Thoughts for the New Year

December 6, 2010 Dear Family & Friends: During the darkest days of World War II, King George VI came to the microphone of the BBC to deliver the annual Christmas message to the British Commonwealth. He spoke these eloquent and immortal words: And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the […]


My Training Partner

Dear Family & Friends: My 9-year old grandson, and Mt. Everest Training Partner, Ollie, suffered his first seizure last week.  From his birth, we had hoped and prayed that this was a chapter we would never open in his precious, little life. This is a recent photo of Ollie in the Childrens’ Hospital of Orange […]