After an emergency in the mountains Ed must reconsider his priorities. He and Louise devote their time to building schools in Nepal. When tragedy strikes, Ed’s life falls apart until he is convinced to travel the entire length of the Ganges where he must reconcile himself with fate.
Bunny Fuchs is crossing Antarctica and Ed is on the opposite side setting up supply bases for the second half of Bunny’s journey. Ed is bored and missing home. As his supply bases get closer to the South Pole, he decides he wants to make it there himself.
Ed might have conquered the tallest mountain in the world but that is easier than proposing to Louise. Despite world fame he is back beekeeping but is offered an adventure that promises a lot but delivers a host of difficulties, not only with the terrain.
Ed and George climb in the Himalayas and Ed is offered the chance to climb Everest. Despite his renown as an incredible climber, Ed is extremely shy; when he meets Louise he falls in love but cannot pluck up the courage to tell her.