By Melissa Arnot Often the hardest part of a climbing expedition is never what you expect it to be. That was certainly true for David and me. After two months of climbing towards the summit of Mount Everest, on May 23, David and I were able to reach the top.
Transcription: Michael Brown Well we’re back to the South Col. I wasn’t able to get a satellite signal on the ridge, perhaps because it’s the border with China and Nepal.
RMI has just reported that Leif Whittaker has stepped onto the summit of Mt. Everest. It was the culmination of a lifelong dream, and the fulfillment of a family legacy. Forty-seven years ago, on May 1, 1963, Leif’s father, Jim, became the first American to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.
RMI reports that Leif Whittaker, Dave Hahn and the rest of the First Ascent team are in great shape on the South Summit where they are changing oxygen bottles. First Ascent guide Seth Waterfall went ahead to keep from getting too cold so he’s now on the Hilary Step.
RMI has just reported that Leif Whittaker, Dave Hahn and team are presently at the Balcony where they are changing oxygen bottles under calm winds and clear skies. We’ll keep you updated as we receive more information throughout the evening.
Hi, it’s Michael Brown at the South Col of Mt. Everest. I’m here with First Ascent Guide Seth Waterfall. Next tent over has Leif Whittaker and Expedition Leader, Dave Hahn. And the next tent is guide Casey Grom and climber Scott Jones.
Dave Hahn, Expedition Leader Hello, this is Dave and here we are at the South Col. The mountain showed this is not going to be easy for us.