By David Morton Melissa Arnot and David Morton are currently pushing to summit Mt. Everest on May 22. Today, May 19, they are climbing from Camp II to Camp III at 24,000 feet. I couldn’t be happier. I have a partnership on the mountain.
By Melissa Arnot This is it. It is time to start our summit bid. I crawl out of my Base Camp tent and eat some more Cheerios (are you seeing that I only eat cereal on climbing mornings?). It is 4:30 a.m., and still a little cold and windy
By Melissa Arnot I stretch out on the floor of the First Ascent dome tent, closing my eyes and watching the parade of my thoughts float by. Soon, my mind’s eye turns to summit day, the summit push. I can see Dave, Tshering, and most importantly I can see myself.
By Melissa Arnot: After two nights of sleeping at 24,000 feet (Camp III), I am ready for Base Camp. My body is tired, telling me it needs a rest. It is amazing how you can feel so good up there
By Melissa Arnot The tip tap of snow falling hard on the tent kept me awake for most of the night. Yesterday was a storm day, with snow falling so hard and wind blowing enough to keep most teams off the steep terrain of the Lhotse Face.
By Melissa Arnot No matter how many times the alarm goes off for an early morning of climbing, I never seem to get used to it. I had to shake the fresh snow from the tent doors as I stuck my head out of the tent this morning.