Monday, March 15, 2010

Everest: Daring to Dream

I’ll be making an attempt to climb Mt. Everest in the Spring of 2011.

Blast from the past: Paul Niday and myself on Mt. Rainier, Jun 1984

This is just a little over a year from now, and I’m currently in the midst of making preparations for the climb: sourcing a reliable commercial company to do the climb with, getting the gear together, training, etc.

If you’re wondering what this is going to cost, it’s about US$40,000. That’s right folks, it IS a lot of money that I could do a lot of things with. If I were practical, I could pay my rent or buy a small car; if I were noble, I could feed an clothe and impoverished village; if I were fashionable, I could buy an Hermes Birken Handbag ;o)
Let me see... Everest or this black alligator skin bag?  Hmm...

But I’m none of those things...

Heck, I just want to climb it.

10 comments:

-ben said...

Oh man, awesome!

All the best, Ken!

Rah! Rah! Rah!

:-D

Ken said...

Thanks :O)

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Jungle Runner said...

Good luck Ken!! You going to be going up via the South Col route or the North Face? I recommend Rainier Mountaineering Inc!

Ken said...

Hi Jungle Runner,

I'd like to give the North Ridge a go, but I'm also considering the South Col.

I'm familiar with Rainier Mountaineering, Inc (RMI) as I did an Expedition Mountaineering Course with them in 1984. Good bunch of guys! At the moment, I've been sending out inquiries to a few companies to see what they provide.

Ken

Joe said...

Holy cow! Good on you. And good luck!

Ken said...

Thanks Joe!

telekia said...

Hello Ken, I congratulate you for choosing such a lofty goal! Recently I found an article by Galen Rowell on his Everest expedition in 1983. I do not know whether you have ever red this article. I send a link. It may be helping in planning your own expedition. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/edb/reader.html?magID=SI&issueDate=19831114&mode=reader_vault

Ken said...

Thanks for sending the link. I hadn't read that before :o)

telekia said...

My pleasure, Ken.
Otto