The Ancient Historian

Ancient history, mountaineering, cycling and other outside adventures

What is it like to climb Everest?

Well, I’ve wondered about that most of my adult life, and have read just about everything there is to read. Nothing like actually doing it–that must be so like few other things. Well, Alan has posted his thoughts and experiences on his site here and they are some of the best descriptions I’ve ever read. Determination, purpose, guts, mental toughness in spades, experience of the mountain, knowing yourself intimately, a great sherpa guide. These are a few of the things I take away from Alan’s success. Number 1: Why are you there to begin with? Why does that matter? Check out this fantastic shot Alan has posted on the report of the Cornice traverse. Just incredible. Magnify it and you can see the line of climbers heading up that steep pitch, with thousands of feet of vertical exposure on either side of the 2-3 feet you climb on. Best done in darkness I am guessing.

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