Greetings from Kathmandu!
There are at least two truths about an official summit of Mt. Everest: first, it requires that you get down and off the mountain safely, and second, the summit doesn’t count until Ms. Hawley says so.
The past two weeks have been epic. Our team endured storms at Camp 2 for nearly a week while waiting for a safe weather window to the summit. Then we had a hard, four day summit push in still challenging weather, a quick touch of the top, and another few days of breaking camps and getting off the mountain in continuing cold and high winds.
I am incredibly thankful for making it to the summit of Mt. Everest (29,035 ft) on May 19th and for a safe return, both for myself and our entire climbing team. Our guides and Sherpa were heroic in their leadership and courageously participated in a number of life-saving rescues of climbers from other teams. There are multiple reports of injuries and much worse among the climbers who followed us and among those who are still on the mountain.
I am happy to be in Kathmandu now wrapping up some of the last requirements of the expedition. Yesterday I filed an official expedition report with the Nepalese government and then the entire team met with Elizabeth Hawley to register our summits with the Himalayan Database.
After so many days of uncertainty and pushing, it finally feels official. I have such a deep sense of gratitude to my team and all who have encouraged and supported the effort. Thank you.
Over the coming days I will post a few more dispatches recounting the summit push and the days that followed. I have some amazing images from high on the mountain. So for any of you that still have an interest in following along, please know that I will make a few more updates.
Thanks again for your interest and support of the expedition, your encouraging notes, prayers and well wishes. Your support has been incredibly impactful.
It has been an amazing journey!