Informal Letter to Alison Hargreaves' Parents

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Dear Mum and Dad,

How are you? It’s been awhile since the last time I’ve wrote a letter to you and I’m currently at the base of K2. I know this is sudden but after hours of deciding, I’ve made the courageous decision to stay and climb to the summit of K2. I was really convinced by one of my fellow climbers to stay because opportunities like this don’t always come. In addition, it is my dream to be the only British woman to reach K2. Ever since I started this career, it has been my ambition and with this opportunity standing right in front of me, I have to press on.

This must be very shocking to you but I really hope you can understand. This achievement will really help my career as a mountain climber. It is going to be a rough journey but in time, we will make it to the top. The conditions in K2 might be eerie and dangerous but what’s life without taking any risks? I see myself standing proudly on top of the mountain, gazing upon an amazing view and thinking about this accomplishment my team and I have made.

My fellow climbers are experienced and well-trained and with their skills, they will help me achieve my goal. I promise I will take care of myself so please don’t worry. The journey to the summit of K2 will take several months so I’ll likely be back at the end of November. While I’m gone, my kids will be very upset so during this period of time, please take care Tom and Kate, your grandkids. Tell them I miss them a ton and I’ll be home soon.

I really hope nothing horrible will happen but in the event where something does, I just want you to know that I love you and I am sorry for ever disrespecting you.

Love Alison,
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