Warrior Nation have reached Base Camp. And it is spectacular up here. Even better than I remember. Those final few steps, travelled over 80 minutes against Penrith, were simply breathtaking. Emotions ran wild: high-fives, fist pumps. Dancing, too. And, as it became clear that we were all but there, a gentle trickle of tears escaped from my eyes. Although we have been here before, the journey back has not been easy. There was much disappointment along the path we travelled, an arduous climb that took much longer than we could have ever imagined. In many ways, that has made it even more satisfying this time around.
Everything we have done has led to this moment. Since February we have braved whatever the winter weather could throw at us. We’ve absorbed blow after blow, and there have been casualties — this is the nature of what we do, the price we must pay. We’ve travelled to foreign lands and fought ferocious battles in hostile territory. What we do is not easy.
There have been ups: