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Arnot Claims Third Everest Summit
Posted on May 23, 2010

First Ascent guide Melissa Arnot has successfully summited Mt. Everest for the third time. Melissa and photographer/ climber David Morton called the Eddie Bauer First Ascent headquarters from the South Col after “a very successful summit day.”

Arnot and Morton began their journey from Kathmandu nearly two months ago, and have been climbing as an independent team with the support of two climbing Sherpa, a cook and two Base Camp staff. Despite rough weather earlier this month, the two have been able to acclimatize at their own pace. We’d like to congratulate them both on their success and wish them safe travels on their descent. Stay tuned to hear more from Arnot as she returns to Base Camp to celebrate.

Keep checking the Born Out There blog for updates on Melissa and Dave’s progress as they descend to Base Camp.

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Author: - Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

  1. Jim & Debbie Arnot

    Congratulations Melissa and Dave! Awesome Job!

  2. Michael

    Congrats Melissa & Dave! Glad to hear you made it up safely.

  3. David Thomas

    Well done – congratulations Melissa and Dave. Truly inspiring.

  4. raju

    congratulations Dave and melissa to successful and safely climb

  5. John morton

    congratulations you two on your successful summit.We have been waiting patiently in Seattle for the good news.Now we have it-hallelujah!Now Dave hustle back to Seattle for the birth of that 1st child .Your life is presently full of lots of excitement.It’s grand to be a part of it. love Dad

  6. melissa dodge-elliott

    nice job melissa A!!! very impressive!!! love it!!!!!

  7. Leslie Mittendorf

    Congrats! Sounds like an excellent – and safe- adventure. Looking forward to your photos, Dave.

  8. Vikki Buzzard

    Congratulations Melissa! Safe travels back home.

  9. Neil Fiske

    Three cheers for three summits! Congrats Melissa and Dave! Safe travels down and home. Well done

  10. Danny Leadbeater

    Congratulations Melissa and Dave. We’re all relieved to hear you are back down safe to the South Col. What a great accomplishment. Fingers crossed for Dave, Leif and the rest of the team tonight.
    You’re making us proud. Thank You and safe travels back to basecamp.

  11. Susan Moberg Hopkins

    Congratulations on another successful climb and summit! Looking forward to the rest wearing First Ascent to share the top of the world with us soon.

  12. Jamie McGinnis

    Melissa, you are one hell of a woman and an inspiration to all!! Congratulations to you and David. Safe travels on the rest of your journey.

  13. Lora Bolding-United

    Another trip to the “Top of the World”! Congratulations!

  14. Tom

    Congratulations Melissa and Dave and to your team of Sherpas!! You inspire us! Have a safe and successful downclimb and best wishes to the second FA ascent team!

  15. Rob Rowley

    Dave & Melissa: Congrats on your great climb! Get down safely and home to your families.
    Rob Rowley, SLC, UT “The Ice Ax Man”

  16. Ben P

    Well done! Can’t wait to read more about this 3rd successful climb to the top. Have a safe trip back down to Base Camp.
    The other FA team must be on their way to the top at the moment, hope they are as successful as you!

  17. andrew crawford

    so rad, Melissa..
    your boat is waiting for you..

  18. Josephine Moore

    WOOOOWWWWW. You are both so awesome. Makes me proud to live in the Northwest. Be safe and happy.

  19. Jiban

    Well Done


  20. Linda J LeBlanc

    To learn more about the Sherpas of the Mt. Everest region, read Beyond the Summit by Linda LeBlanc. Sherpas are the true heroes of Everest. Without their assistance, very few would reach the summit. Details of Sherpa culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an expedition from the porter’s point of view.

    Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to

    Beyond the Summit, is the rare gem that shows us the triumphs and challenges of a major climb from the porter’s point of view. The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers through harshly beautiful and highly dangerous territory to the roof of the world. Malcolm Campbell, book reviewer

    Conflict and dialog keep this gripping story of destiny, romance and adventure moving from the first page to the last paragraph. LeBlanc has a genius for bonding her readers and her characters. I found I was empathizing in turn with each character as they faced their own personal crisis or trauma.
    Richard Blake for Readers Views.

    A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest.

    A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

    LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

    LeBlanc’s vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

    A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there.

    This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.”
    – John (college professor)

    Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialog. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

    This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

    Such vividly depicted images of the Everest region and the Sherpa people are the perfect scenario for the romance and adventure feats narrated. It’s a page-turner, so engrossing you end up wanting to visit Nepal! Not just novel, but perfect for those seeking to get acquainted with the culture of this country.
    By Claudia Fournier (América, Bs. As., Argentina)

  21. Janet Weyhmiller

    Congratulations!!!!!! Have a safe trip home!!!!!!!!
    You rock!!!!!!!

  22. Michael N.

    Climbing Everest 3 times, now that’s pretty damn sexy.

    Congrats, here is to #4!!

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