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Everest 2003: Ben Clark


 Current Tibet Time

Follow Along: Hello everyone, it is happening.  After four years of dedication, discipline, and planning, I am departing for 29,029’ Mount Everest Friday April 4th. This is a technically demanding climb and the adventure of a lifetime spanning across the Himalayas of Nepal and into the remote reaches of the world’s highest country, Tibet. Check here for the full update.

Ben Clark will attempt to become the youngest American to Summit Everest in Spring 2003 on the mountain on his own terms too! He is attempting the North side via the standard Northeast Ridge. You might recall Ben from Dhaulagiri 2002. If you missed it, you will love his great photo and dispatches which were part of the coverage of the Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002. Ben told us, "This is a dream come true for me and a vision that has forced me to discipline myself not only for the daunting tasks of climbing and guiding the world's highest peaks but also having to overcome the obstacles in the process and closing a deal with one of the nations most powerful businessmen.

As a climber I have learned the value of the worlds highest peak can not be measured in physical terms, for me it can only be understood by finally seeing it. "

"To say it simply, I am attempting to attain a record that is inconsequential to climbing as portrayed in the media today. I believe in the purity of exploration into the unknown, not for glory, not for the risk nor challenge, but for discovery. Whether I see the top of the world or not I know each step up on the mountain is another step towards progress." His attempt will not be on a commercial expedition but with the support of only Lhawang Dhondup Sherpa and Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa.

Some Background on Ben: Ben Clark is a twenty-three year old professional climber and climbing guide with the vision of becoming the youngest American to summit the highest mountain in the world, 29,029’ Mount Everest .  Ben is a multifaceted individual excelling in public speaking, virtual and advanced communications techniques, photography, cinematography, and media-specific writing.  Ben has won awards and acclaim in the fields of architecture, music, and visual art.   Ben also serves on the Board of directors and as an advisor to Little Red Book, a television show which teaches children about ethics.

Ben has charisma reminiscent of his experiences in faraway lands, adventure quests, and insightful education.  Ben was raised in Clarksville, TN. and currently lives in Fort Collins, CO. where he attends Colorado State University and studies

Ben is one of the most experienced young mountaineers in America.  His high altitude pursuits have taken him to Five Continents, an 8000 meter peak in the Himalayas, Alaska, Central and South America five times, to the highest peak in North America; Mount McKinley, to the highest peak outside Asia 22,841’ Cerro Aconcagua, the highest peak in Africa, 19,340’ Mount Kilimanjaro, Italy, to the summit of Mount Rainier; the longest endurance climb in America, 23 times and 14,000’ summits in the Rockies over 50 times, and throughout the Pacific Northwest and remote areas of Western mountain States.

 





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