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YFU Alum & Trustee Returns To Everest: Dispatch #8

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Thank you so much for your support of my 2017 Mount Everest trek and campaign for YFU! I was fortunate to achieve my dream of summiting Mount Everest on May 25, and have now successfully reached the peak of the highest mountain on each continent, known as the Seven Summits. More importantly, together we brought awareness to the need for cultural understanding and intercultural exchange, raising over $33,000 for Youth For Understanding's needs-based scholarship fund! I cannot thank you enough! Your support and encouragement never ceased to amaze me.

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YFU Alum & Trustee Returns To Everest: Dispatch #7

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The last 72 hours are a blur. On May 25th, at about 4:35am, Pasang Kami (PK) and I reached the highest point on earth. We watched the sun rise over the Tibetan plateau as Mount Everest cast a shadow stretching into the horizon. We reverently acknowledged the Buddhist prayer flags and photo of the Dalai Lama that someone had placed on the summit, and we mentally prepared ourselves for the decent, even as we snapped a couple of photographs.
 

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YFU Alum & Trustee Returns To Everest: Dispatch #6

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IT'S GO TIME!!!!!  IMG Team 3 just got the call to begin our final assault on the summit of Mt. Everest at 2am tonight!!!! If all things go as planned, we will reach Camp II (~21,000') tomorrow, then take a rest day on Sunday. Monday we aim to move to Camp III (~24,000'), and on Tuesday (the 23rd) we hope to reach the South Col (~26,000'). Weather permitting, we will attempt to summit Mt. Everest on Wednesday May 24th. I hope to be back on the grid with an update by May 26th or 27th. Until then, please keep in mind that no news is good news1.

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YFU Alum & Trustee Returns To Everest: Dispatch #5

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What am I doing here? That's a question I've asked myself a lot over the past few days. This expedition is expensive, time-consuming, dangerous, and uncomfortable (to say the least). Instead of coming here, I could have (i) made a down-payment on a house, (ii) continued to advance in my profession, (iii) pushed myself athletically in trail running, orienteering, martial arts, or ballroom dancing, and (iv) slept easily and happily in fully-oxygenated air in a climate-controlled room for 8+ weeks.

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YFU Alum & Trustee Returns To Everest: Dispatch #3

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Yesterday morning was our first foray into the Khumbu Icefall—AND IT WAS AWESOME!!!!

The icefall is a ~2,000' cascading glacier that separates base camp from the upper slopes of Mt Everest, and aside from the objective hazards (seemingly bottomless crevasses, 3-story tall ice walls, house-sized ice blocks teetering above us, and Mt Everest's west shoulder constantly threatening to fall on us), it is a beautiful, natural jungle gym that gave me the biggest adrenaline rush I've had since my first experience properly mountain biking last summer in Banff.

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YFU Alum & Trustee Returns To Everest: Dispatch #2

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Last week, we spent a couple of days acclimatizing at the base of Lobuche Peak (~16,500'). During that stay, our team shot a music video to Marvin Gaye's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." One of our team members was a former ballerina, and another had a good eye for videography. With me helping to organize and direct the production, we made a pretty hilarious video—complete with Pulp Fiction dance moves and a Sherpa re-enactment of a scene from the movie Titanic. The video should be viewable on the IMG Everest blog, if you look for posts about Team 3. https://www.mountainguides.com/everest-south17.shtml It is also viewable on YouTube.

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YFU Alum & Trustee Returns To Everest: Dispatch #1

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I left Minneapolis on April 5. This departure felt quite different than did leaving Philly two years ago—perhaps because I'm in such a different position in life (working consultant vs. graduate student), perhaps because I know now what to expect out of the trek and Everest's lower slopes, or perhaps because two years ago the closest call I'd ever had in the mountains involved falling into a crevasse on Denali. Our 2015 expedition forever changed me: it reminded me first-hand just how precious life is, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake unleashed a wall of ice and rocks on our camp, narrowly missing me and my teammates. We helped treat and comfort the victims before assisting with reconstruction efforts in the Khumbu on our way out of Nepal.

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