Everest 2001: The American-Canadian Expedition
isn't about (me),'' Hommer told the Duluth News
Tribune in March. "This is about the
capabilities of the human spirit and what any of
us can accomplish.''
9, 2001 Depart from Minneapolis, Minnesota
11 Arrive in
12-14 Preparations in
Kathmandu (loading of supplies, visas, etc.)
15 Drive to
Zhangmu, Tibet (elevation 7,700 feet)
16 Drive to
Nyalam, Tibet (elevation 12,300 feet)
17 Rest and
acclimatizing in Nyalam; some mountain hiking
18 Drive to
Xegar, Tibet (elevation 14,000 feet)
19 Rest and
acclimatizing in Xegar
20 Arrive at
Everest base camp (elevation 5,200 meters) (date is
tentative due to unknown road conditions)
21-23 Rest at base camp; begin
setting up camp, sorting supplies, preparing for
transport up the mountain
camp (elevation 19,700 feet)
25 Yaks take
food and equipment to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) 21,300
feet. Expedition members will accompany the yaks, but
return immediately to base camp as they will need
further acclimatization there before they will be able
to move back up to ABC to stay and begin climbing the
30 Return to
ABC to begin climb.
5 Establish North Col
Camp (elevation 23,000 feet).
15 Establish camp at base of
Great Couloir (elevation 25,000 feet).
25 Establish the highest camp
at 26,500 feet.
1 Make first
attempt to reach summit
10 Turnaround date
14 Depart base
camp for Kathmandu
17 Return to
of the American/Canadian Mt. Everest Expedition depart
Thursday, August 9, for their 10-week journey to the
summit of the world's highest mountain. What makes
this expedition unique is expedition organizer Ed
Hommer, a double amputee from Duluth, Minn. Hommer
would be the first double amputee to summit the more
than 29,000-foot Mt. Everest.
and expedition members Kelly Raymond of Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario, Canada; Scott Anderson of Two Harbors,
Minn.: and Tom Halvorson, Cloquet, Minn., depart on Northwest
Airlines flight #295 at 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, August
9, from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Five other expedition members will join them in Los
Angeles for the trip to Kathmandu, Nepal.
you ask Ed, who is a commercial airline pilot as well
as a mountaineer, what drives him to attempt a summit
of the northern face of Mt. Everest, hell wax
youre involved in a big climb, youre totally
focused for so long that soon nothing matters but the
mountain and the remote wilderness around you.
Although you suffer both mentally and physically
you leave the mountain feeling purified.
quick to add, It also convinces my kids that their
old man is a bit nuts.
typical of Eds attitude toward life: a sincere
appreciation of the opportunities offered, coupled
with a wry sense of humor about the challenges
was Eds positive attitude that enabled him to
survive a harrowing plane crash on Mt. McKinley in
December 1981, in which rescuers werent able to
reach him for five days. By the time help arrived, Eds
feet were so badly frozen they had to be amputated.
That same determination carried Ed through 15 months
of intensive rehabilitation and made possible a return
to flying and mountain climbing.
will be the only climber with a disability in the
group leaving for Mt. Everest, but he isnt
concerned about his ability to keep up. In 1999,
Hommer became the first double amputee to summit North
America's highest peak, the 20,320-foot Mount
McKinley. And hes already conquered towering
heights in the Himalayas.
rest of the team is made up of mountaineers and
professionals from across North America. They include:
Anderson, Two Harbors, Minnesota
Bronstein, Basalt, Colorado
Halvorson, Cloquet, Minnesota (Ed's prosthetist as
well as a climber)
McCullough, Talkeetna, Alaska
Raymond, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Swanson, Talkeetna, Alaska
Sturgis, Keller, Texas
Wickwire, Seattle, Washington (Expedition Leader)
plan to arrive at base camp by August 20. The summit
attempt will be made from the Great Couloir route on
Everest in early October.
will be a featured Expedition on EverestNews.com.
note Jim Wickwire returns !!!