Sometimes I Just Need a Reminder

Chris Brinlee Jr. quit his job and left behind his life in L.A. On the trail in Nepal, he reflects on why
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Feb 2, 2015 | By Chris Brinlee Jr.

Oftentimes, I wonder what the hell I’m doing.

he physical, mental, emotional, and financial stresses that come standard as a part of the life I’ve chosen to live take a toll on me daily. The easy solution would be to book a one-way ticket back to LA, get a new job, and settle into a comfortable apartment. 

But I know that’s not what I’m supposed to do. And every once in awhile, I get a reminder.


Two months ago, a Nepali climbing guide named LB challenged me to not only summit the 20,305’ Island Peak, but he also ensured that I got back down. That climb was the hardest thing I’d ever done.


Now, I found myself on one last trek in Nepal, in search of some much-needed clarity. Thoughts of giving up and going back to the States have been regularly crossing my mind.

Then, lo-and-behold, who comes bounding down the trail? None other than LB — the same guide who wouldn’t let me give up while climbing down from Island Peak.


After our climb, we weren’t able to exchange contact information, though I’ve thought of him regularly. He and a handful of other Nepali climbing guides had been up in the mountains of Langtang — a much less trafficked section of the Himalayas — doing some off-season rescue training. They were heading down as I was going up.


I was astounded and ecstatic to see LB again. There we were, by total coincidence, both of us in our natural elements. However, the meeting symbolized something greater:


I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. I'm doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. 

Sometimes I just need a reminder. [H]

Chris is an intrepid explorer who quit a fancy job in Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of adventure around the globe. You can follow his ongoing journey via Instagram. And to learn more about how he made it to Nepal, read the full story here.

Images © Chris Brinlee Jr.