Everest Summit Day HD

HD footage from “ivegivenallican” (I’ve given all I can). Shows the the three most memorable parts of summit day, those being Hillary Step, South Summit and Everest Summit. I wish it showed the balcony — I have a pretty foggy memory of this spot and it would have been nice to see it again with a fully oxygenated mind.

Everest is a different climb than any other mountain climb. As the video shows, it is a climb on army-like scale. Larger in duration (73 days in my case) and in the size of the average team (my team was 25 people). Most people on my team were support crew who stayed lower on the mountain. More than half never left base camp. 5 of us were from North America, the rest were Sherpa. Only 6 of us ever intended to reach the summit, 3 North Americans and 3 Sherpa. The altitude is what makes Everest take so long, require such a huge army-life support organization, and it’s why Everest has captured the imagination of so many. I have climbed many mountains that are more technically challenging than Everest, but there is no mountain higher than Everest and that is exactly why Everest is such a formidable goal. The air is 25% as thick at the summit as it is at sea level. Even with oxygen the body is coping with a fraction of the oxygen it needs to perform. Each step requires multiple breaths. Each step is an opportunity to quit. Each misstep off the ridgeline carries enormous consequences.

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How to Prepare for the 7 Summits


7 Tips to Begin Preparations for the 7 Summits

  1. Climb lots of other mountains first, the kind with snow at the top
  2. Start now, life will only get busier and your ability acclimatize decreases with age
  3. Be prepared to climb a couple of them twice. I was fortunate to summit each on my first try, this is rare
  4. Read Into Thin Air, Freedom of the Hills
  5. Buddy-up with a climbing partner who shares your values and ambitions
  6. Cost will exceed $100k. To raise sponsorship dollars you must identify why you’re “above the fold”
  7. You can do the 7 unguided, privately guided or with a large commercial guiding service. Good commercial guides: Alpine Ascents, Jagged Globe, Adventure Consultants. Good private guides: Exploradus and Evan Howe

About me: In 2005 I completed the 7 Summits, at the time I was the 120th person in the world. The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents.

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