April 17th, 2007

life is good dig

Everest Time!

as i said in ph4red's journal, i am an everest junkie. and i have been, before it was popular with Krakauer's Into Thin Air and IMAX's Everest. the internet has made it much easier to follow the teams every year. i was listening in that tragic year when Rob Hall and Scott Fischer lost their lives, along with 13 others. and then when Beck Weathers rose from the dead and stumbled into camp to everyone's amazement... the incredible helicopter attempt to rescue him. i listened to Wally Berg from the summit in '97, eager to descend - "I don't really like it up here too much." i heard the call in May, 1999 when Eric Simonson's expedition discovered Mallory's body. and i read, sadly, last year when over 40 climbers passed the dying David Sharp without even attempting a rescue. i'm with Hillary - things are definitely changing on the mountain...sometimes for the worse.
anyway, here is this year's expedition list!
luck, health, victory and safety to all :)

in light of the beginning of everest season, Collapse )

i don't know why i love Everest season so much. i do know i get excited when teams start arriving. i also find inspiration in their courage, motivation, personal stories and risk. if they can climb Everest, the trivial challenges in my life should be little hills!

"Everest for me, and I believe for the world, is the physical and symbolic manifestation of overcoming odds to achieve a dream" —- Tom Whittaker

Try my Everest quiz! :)