☀️ A Daring Everest Rescue Inspires Us

PLUS: A Bristling New Fossil Discovered

Inhale the present, exhale the past.

Now let your breath guide you back to the present moment where peace and mindfulness reside.

Thank you for reading today’s edition of Grateful Gazette 😌

Here’s what to know for Thursday:

  • The “Death Zone” rescue that felt impossible

  • He walked 6 miles to graduation; now he has a full ride

  • Take a look at this new dinosaur with a special head

Then round out your day in our Creative Corner where we show off fun projects made by people like you and me!


Gelje Sherpa, a 30-year-old Nepali guide, is navigating his way to Everest's peak, the highest point on Earth. Suddenly, he spots a Malaysian climber dangling off a rope in Everest's infamous "Death Zone," where temperatures regularly hit minus 30 degrees Celsius.

Most would call it a day, but not Gelje.

Acting fast, he manages to haul the climber down from the Balcony area to the South Col, a grueling 1,900-foot descent that took a solid six hours. He and another guide, Nima Tahi Sherpa, pass the climber between them, taking turns to carry him down to Camp III.

A helicopter swoops in and airlifts the climber from Camp III all the way to base camp. The Department of Tourism official admits this sort of rescue is practically unheard of.

But here's the real clincher: Gelje, a devout Buddhist, decided to put a stranger's life before his client's successful summit attempt. Saving a life is, in fact, more precious than achieving his mission.

The Malaysian climber, respecting his privacy, remains nameless and is now safe back in his homeland.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of Everest's inherent dangers, with 12 climbers losing their lives this season and another five still missing. Gelji took a real risk in attempting that rescue, but the results speak for themselves.

That race back to Camp III was a high-pressure moment that took teamwork and a mass amount of coordination, but they made it happen.

Never doubt the human spirit.

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☀️ The Bright Side

Credit: Horner, Goodwin & Evans, 2023

You know, back in the day—around 68 million years ago—there was this dino named Platytholus clemensi. Quite a character, our Platy was.

Not one to be overshadowed by the Triceratops and the T-Rex, Platy put on quite a show with what can only be described as a 'punk rock' dome full of keratin bristles. It's like it had a natural brush cut right on its head.

Scientists initially speculated that it was using its funky head to bash rivals in a prehistoric mating dance, but the latest scans suggest it was more likely just an extravagant headdress.

Always remember, folks, even in the age of dinosaurs, style mattered!

🎨 Creative Corner

They sculpted this samurai rabbit, wow! Look at the detail in the fur. 

The original post mentions that this was made with polymer clay and it’s quite small. Imagine the patience it took to craft this one statue. It’s also the first one the poster felt confident enough to share.

Let’s celebrate that confidence.

It’s never easy to open yourself up to scrutiny, but they did a terrific job on this. And apparently there are more models like this they haven’t posted yet. We look forward to the next one!

Let us know what you think and share your crafts with us.

- Thank you for reading Grateful Gazette. Remember to breathe deeply to bring your mind back to your body 💜

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