Thanks to Everyone
Basecamp Rongbuk Glacier
of October 7th any further efforts to reach the summit
of Everest have come to an end. After being forced
back again by winds and weather, we have exhausted our
available time and ourselves.
high point was just above 26,000 ft. It almost seems
as if we went right from the end of the monsoon season
into winter conditions and storms within a few days.
The Hungarian team, which has been with us here on the
Tibetan side, says they will make one more attempt
within a few days.
of us are, to say the least, quite disappointed that
we were not successful in reaching the summit;
however, we know that we gave it our all, and had we
had a break in the weather, our chances would have
been excellent for a successful summit.
will now spend the next few days preparing to descend
back down to basecamp. Some of us have been here at
ABC and above for over two weeks. As one of those, I
am exhausted and, though disappointed, I am ready to
descend to a level where there is a little more air to
would again take this opportunity to thank our major
corporate sponsors who made this expedition possible
and stood behind us with their support the entire way.
there is Mr. Greg Howard, President and CEO of Polaris
Pool Systems in Vista, California. Greg has not
only been a major sponsor of my climbing expeditions
for two years but is also a very dear and trusted
friend who has been a driving force behind making
these expeditions go from a dream to the end of a rope
with ice axe in hand. As always, thanks Greg.
Energy, a national alliance of electric
cooperatives, who not only provided major sponsorship
but also provided this web site and an associated
school curriculum that was made available nationwide.
Energy sponsors many community events across the
nation from small towns to large cities that bring
people together. Their corporate slogan, “The power
of human connections,” is in fact more than just
words. We are not only very thankful for their support
but also quite proud to be associated with them.
you cannot walk, you certainly cannot climb. My
sincere thanks to Hanger
Prosthetics and Orthotics for giving me the
ability to be here on Everest. Hanger has not only
allowed me to continue to achieve my dreams but has
helped countless other people across the nation to
continue leading active lives because of their
dedication to providing the most advanced prosthetic
devices in the world.
special thanks to everybody in Hangar’s Duluth,
Minnesota, office. Everybody put forth so much extra
effort to insure that when I left for this expedition
everything was perfect as far as my prosthetic legs
were concerned. All of you are absolutely the greatest
and I owe all of you so much.
Parcel Service very generously provided all of our
shipping needs in order to get this expedition here.
They shipped 54 boxes from Duluth, Minnesota, to
Kathmandu in ten days, and every single one made it
with all contents in their original condition. The
loss of a single box can have a major impact on this
type of expedition, so our sincere thanks to all the
great folks at UPS who eliminated any such worry right
from the start. I wish the yak drivers who made the
final 13-mile delivery of many of those same boxes had
been able to do the same.
Gear in Two Harbors, Minnesota. They just happen
to make some of the finest and most rugged outdoor
gear in the world. I have put more abuse on the
Granite Gear product line over the last four years
than you can imagine.
year, for example, during a sort of “emergency”
decent, Scotty Anderson (who works for Granite Gear)
and I dropped two fully loaded Cirrus 7000 packs down
an 800-foot snow gully on our way out of the Annapurna
region in Nepal. When we got to the bottom and
retrieved them, there was not a single popped stitch.
It is not just the durability of everything they make,
it’s the innovative and design to function under all
to all of you at Granite Gear who put a lot of extra
hours into this expedition and all the past ones as
well. It’s not just the gear but all the great times
just hanging out at the shop or around a fire
someplace, telling stories — some of which are even
true. So when we get back, it’s a fire and food for
all of you at my place, The Fish Lake Shack.
sincere thanks to all of our sponsors who provided us
with their top quality products and who are listed on
this web site. I pursued these sponsors because I
believed that they had the best and most reliable
product lines on the market — items that we could
trust to perform when we needed them the most. If
something fails out here that’s it, you’re out of
luck. So, before you go, research and find the best
because nothing less will do.
will always be here and perhaps in the future we shall
again have the opportunity to return. Though
disappointed in not making the summit, we had a safe
climb. What is most important is that in a few days we
shall all be returning home safe to our family and
friends whom we have all missed so much over the past
support and understanding that we receive from our
family and friends when we embark on these lengthy
journeys are as important as any other aspects of the
have been somewhat plagued with problems when it comes
to sending photos. It has been sort of hit and miss
and we never did quite nail it down. We know that the
root of it was satellite transmission. So you may want
to check back after we have had the opportunity to do
a bulk transmission of photos.
closing, we send our thanks to all of the people who
followed the progress of this expedition. Upon my
return I look forward to dedicating my efforts to the
High Exposure Foundation and helping other amputees
follow through with their dreams.
on the Expedition