Had lunch with a few of the local Mt. Everest summiters yesterday. Did some catching up on what everyone is/has been up to: Going back to Everest, running Ironman/Ironwoman, the 1100-mile Iditarod, North Pole Expeditions, hiking the 6000-mile Adventure Trail across America. The sky is the limit, or maybe not :)
Everest two years ago now: I had summited Everest and was back at Camp 4 alseep after the 18.5 hour around-trip suummit climb. A storm was blowing outside, but we were all safe and back in camp resting. However, we still had to get back down to base camp before we would be safe.
Everest two years ago now: Between the questionable weather and the crowd of about 140 climbers at Camp 4, the decision was made to leave for the summit. If things got worse, we would return to Camp 4. At 9 PM (Nepal time) we stepped off for the top of the world.
Everest vs the Iditarod: For me, which is more difficult, summiting Everest or running the Alaskan Iditarod Dog Sled Race?
If you live near Los Angeles, I will be giving my “From Everest to the Iditarod” presentation at Adventure 16 Saturday, May 5th at 5 PM.
For directions go to http://www.adventure16.com/events.asp?itemid=174&submit=getrecord&recordid=157
Scott Woolums, who was my Everest expedition leader and my guide on many other big mountains, just finished his 5th round of summiting the Seven Summits (the tallest mountain on each continent).
I am honored to be among those selected by Orange County Register columnist David Whiting as Best of OC outdoors for 2010 In his article he refers to the six Orange County Mt. Everest summiters as the “Magnificent Six” I don’t know how magnificent we are but we did climb a very big mountain :)