Last year Jack was just one of countless climbers to discover, 28,750ft up, how hostile Everest can be as she tried to recover from being knocked from her feet by huge gusts of wind.
Though only 300ft from the summit, the decision a year ago to turn back, with frostbite taking its toll, wasnít very hard. She didnít really have a choice. Not that the experience was ever likely to put her off. ďIt was strange last year,Ē she says, ďbecause I wasnít even that disappointed and Iíve never felt frustrated about being so close. In fact one of my first thoughts was: Yes! I can come back next year. Otherwise, I donít know what Iíd have done next. I was relieved, in a way.Ē
For Jack, Everest is the final piece in the jigsaw. Seven years ago, having bagged all the Munros, she set out to climb the Seven Summits Ė the highest peak on each continent. No Scottish woman has achieved the feat. Until last year it had all gone to plan; six down, one to go. Yet, as she says, thereís a part of her thatís glad she failed Everest, her only reservation being that itíll cost her £20,000. This is her greatest worry.
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