Everest Summit Push

Well, I’m back up at Camp 1 (23,000 ft.) on my summit push. May 23rd is the day I’m pushing for. Looks like the 23rd might be a stellar day! It may be a bit on the chilly side, but the forecast is for a clear day… looking forward to that!

As far as my fitness status, there’s not too much to report… Feeling strong after my short two day respite at the 17,000 ft. base camp. A few of the  teams have made the summit on some pretty horrible weather days. Thanks mostly to the magic of bottled oxygen.

It’s funny, I’ve had so many people caution me that what I’m up to is super dangerous, and they’re right as far as it goes… But as I watch “climbers” leave advanced base camp with a mask on I’m thinking the same for them. Leveraging bottled oxygen to that extent is at least as high a risk; if not more. If anything with their system goes wrong it will be a matter of minutes until they’re in serious trouble. What I’m up to ( solo / nOs) is sketchy, but I don’t think they realize just how exposed to risk they are. Being at 29,000 ft. with a body not conditioned to survive at that altitude is, to me, rather foolhardy… But, to each his own poison. The greatest part of climbing is that everyone tailors the adventure to their desire.

I’ll try to do daily updates from now on… as this is the interesting part.

3 responses to “Everest Summit Push

  1. Enjoying following you Alex
    Good thoughts today on O2 vs not
    Be strong
    Be careful
    Have good luck

    Looking forward to more posts

  2. Hard to imagine the solo expeditions that you embark upon….It must challenging on so many levels….How do you go about fixing the ropes ahead of your climbs.

  3. Amazing posts 😊.
    We are enjoying every step with you. Stay strong and wishing you best of luck for summit push and safe return.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s