Summit of Mt. Everest, May 19th

Summit of Mt. Everest, May 19th


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!



  18 comments for “Kathmandu

  1. Laura
    May 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations Jim on a spectacular achievement for you and your team. I’ve enjoyed your dispatches — especially the amazing photos. Can’t wait to hear more in the days ahead, and welcome you back to Chicago.

  2. Staci Colovos
    May 26, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Not many people in the world have that photo!
    Well earned and many congratulations.
    Thanks for taking me along, I really enjoyed your journey.

  3. gwen schmid
    May 25, 2016 at 10:11 am

    We’re so thankful that you are now down safely. Your photo at the top of the world is awesome!!!!
    We will keep checking your posts. We’ve loved following you on this adventure. We’ve learned a lot from your great posts. God bless you, Jim. Love you.
    Gwen and Jack

  4. Ken Viellieu
    May 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Congratulations Jim. A fantastic journey and we all followed you throughout this amazing feat. Truly a once in a lifetime experience! We are all very happy that you made the journey and are safe and sound in Katmandu. Looking forward to hearing about your journey when you are back in Winnetka. Safe Travels. Ken.

  5. Jennifer Anderson
    May 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Congratulation!!! Thank you for bringing us on your journey with you. I can’t wait to hear your story and see the pictures.

  6. Patty Washburn
    May 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Jim, So very excited for you to have made the summit…safely and soundly! Good to read this post…
    Enjoy the “afterglow”

  7. Angie Cook
    May 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Waaaahooooo! This has been fun and exciting following along. Looking forward to more posts. Congrats on this amazing accomplishment.

  8. David bialecki
    May 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Amazing few weeks following you on your journey

  9. CrossFit Wilmette
    May 24, 2016 at 9:47 am

    That’s so cool Jim! Way to go buddy, goal attained!

  10. Lyn
    May 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Congrats!!! I am so proud and happy for you. I can’t wait to “talk” one on one. Keep posting until all pictures and information are done. I hope you were among the ones that got to meet Ms. Hawley. She sounds like a unique character not to be missed. Have a safe trip home.

  11. Art Muir
    May 24, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Studly pic up top!

    You certainly earned it.

    Keep those insightful dispatches coming.

  12. Brenda Murphy
    May 24, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I am so thankful for a safe climb as well as the important descent. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

  13. Katie Kirsch
    May 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Amazing!! Congrats! Wishing you safe travels hone. Can’t wait to read more about it.

  14. Susan Schinleber
    May 24, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Excellent!Wonderful! Amazing! Best news of all is that you did it and you and the team are all safe! enjoy the euphoria and travel home safely.

  15. Linnea Kooistra
    May 24, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Hurray!! Jim, It is wonderful to hear of your successful descent after seeing that photo at the top of the world. My heart is filled with gratitude for your safety and that of your team and your Sherpa throughout this amazing feat of endurance.

  16. Art Jessen
    May 24, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Amazing photo. Safe travels home. Here’s a question — how many questions will you field by the first day of school in August? I’m guessing less than 29,000.

  17. Gina Hartley
    May 24, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Congratulations! What an incredible experience! Thanks for sharing your journey with us! You are an inspiration to all of the JHS SAINTS today and from the past!

  18. cori chandler
    May 24, 2016 at 12:30 am

    YES!!! Please keep posting. I can never get tired of this. Your picture at the summit is amazing, took my breath away!!

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