The multitude of ways I could damage my brain in the next few months is terrifying. However, if we never push ourselves and take risks, what are we doing? Thus, going into this I am putting together a plan for the hours, days and weeks after the summit that will attempt to repair and build my brain. Exercises include balance, memory, math, conversation, and best of all, simultaneous mental and physical tasks like doing math while running or holding a conversation while standing on one foot with my eyes closed. Plus, the goal is returning to work as soon as I can. The brain is a muscle that needs to be exercised like anything else lest it fade away.
I am doing this because brain damage as a result of thin air, let alone rock and ice fall, does not have to be permanent. It dawned on me that not only is exercising my brain after a damaging incident important, varying the stimulus in my normal life to build additional connections amongst the nuerons in my brain is a great way to probably reap long term benefits.
We are all an experiment of one. What does the future hold? I don't know. Will my experimenting fail miserably and lead to a painful and debilitating existance? Perhaps, but again if we never try, we will never know.