"The mountains are calling and I must go"
It was never about Mt Nun to begin with.
It mattered less that towering at 7135 m(or 23408 ft) it was the highest peak of the Himalayan range on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir. Nor the fact that it overshadowed the highest peaks in all the 6 continents outside Asia. Being a technical(read difficult) peak requiring mastery over high altitude mountaineering equipment was also gleaned over.
Before I realize I am at an army camp in Sonamarg rubbing shoulders with those in early 20s in learning mastery of ice-craft and rock-craft while getting my endurance tested. The nights when not on security duty(to ward off bears & terrorists) were used up to order my equipment and apparels in from the US. With me finishing a very respectable # 14 in the final endurance test(beating serious young blood within the batch of 70 odd) I was feeling relatively good when I returned back to Delhi. The next 2 weeks were dedicated to getting work stabilized before I headed out again. And the last of my equipment was brought in from Mumbai the day before I was to fly out to Leh.......everything was coming together just in time....like clockwork.