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Melissa Arnot Recovers and Reflects on Makalu and Everest Attempts
Posted on June 4, 2011

After two months at altitude attempting summits of Everest and Makalu back-to-back, First Ascent guide Melissa Arnot reflects on her and David Morton’s expedition in the Himalaya.

David Morton and Melissa Arnot Turn Back From Everest Summit Attempt at Camp 4
Posted on May 31, 2011

First Ascent guides David Morton and Melissa Arnot discuss why they turned back from a summit attempt on Mount Everest at Camp 4.

Audio: Melissa Arnot Calls From Camp 2 on Everest
Posted on May 28, 2011

Hi there, it’s David and Melissa calling to check in from Camp 2 on our way up for the summit bid on Everest. We’re resting, and we’ve had nice weather at Camp 2 today.

Melissa Arnot and David Morton Set Their Pace for Everest Summit Attempt
Posted on May 26, 2011

Story by Melissa Arnot When this trip started in April, I knew I would have to work exceptionally hard to stay mentally motivated for the goals ahead. As Dave and I flew out of Makalu Base Camp (one of the most amazingly beautiful experiences of my life) I mentally buckled down

David Morton and Melissa Arnot Arrive at Everest Base Camp
Posted on May 25, 2011

Story and photo by David Morton Spectacular. Absolutely spectacular. Just can’t say enough about that helicopter flight. We landed in Everest base camp a few hours ago. 

David Morton and Melissa Arnot Descend Makalu Safely, but Short of a Summit
Posted on May 23, 2011

Story by Melissa Arnot and David Morton; photos by David Morton Melissa: It is sometime between 7 and 9 p.m. Today, May 20, we carried our camp up to our highest resting point, Camp 4 at 7,600 meters. This is as high as I have slept without oxygen, and I am feeling the effects. 

Melissa Arnot and David Morton Reach Peaks of Anxiety Before Makalu Summit Attempt
Posted on May 17, 2011

Story by Melissa Arnot; photos by David Morton The waiting game is not one I am good at. It seems that all the nervous energy of an entire expedition can be pushed into the days preceding a summit attempt.