From November 24th to December 13th, G. Love (of Special Sauce fame) and folk-pop singer Brett Dennen will be taking part in the Everest Basecamp Trek in support of the music-centric cancer charity Love Hope Strength. Along the way, Dennen will offer dispatches of their journey, chronicling every steep peak, breathtaking view, and anything and everything they encounter up and back down the world’s highest mountain. Below, read Dennen’s fourth and final entry, where he talks about the journey home and what lies ahead.
LHS was founded in 2007 by leukemia survivors Mike Peters (of the Welsh band The Alarm) and James Chippendale (president of Doodson Insurance Brokerage). Over the years, they’ve spearheaded bone marrow drives at concerts and festivals the world over, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. To date, they’ve added 28,000 people to the international bone marrow database. For more info or to pledge, head to their official website.
Journal Entry #4
The Next Journey
The journey home and beyond. Another beginning. And ending. Here I am at the Hong Kong airport. Everest Rocks 2 is over. We finished with a concert in the beautiful garden of dreams. Yesterday was spent shelling out the remainder of my rupees in the Thamel marketplace for Christmas gifts and pretty ornate things I don’t really need.
Going back to California. It sounds so good. I’m sure there’s still yak dung on my shoes and Himalayan dust on all my clothes. The faces are still on my mind. The early evening orange alpenglow is still in my eyes. The chanting from the monasteries still in my ears.
What’s next for me? Time to make a new album. Time to tour again. But first I’m headed to Peru for more mountains and some warm beaches.
I have so much to be thankful for. I get to do what I love and surround myself with those who do the same. Nepal has taught me to need less. To carry less. I hope to continue on that same path when I return. I hope to remember and be inspired be the unconditional kindness of the Nepalese. And I hope to return someday.