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with Riley Morton Producer of Found
On Everest: Detectives on the Roof of the
Do you think they will ever find Sandy ?
This is a great question - and one that is very
difficult for me to answer. But actually, yes, I do
think they will find Sandy. They searched an AMAZING
amount of terrain this spring -- but there are one or
two areas where he still could be hiding... and there
have even been developments since the 2001 expedition
that make me believe that there will be a 2003 trip -
and it just ... might ... happen ....should be
I have found on my trips into the mountains that
daytime is easy to fill with work, exploring,
climbing, and preparations. My biggest challenge
comes at night, alone in the tent, challenged to
sleep. Either it's the "what ifs" that
trouble me or the wind noise, cold and altitude
sickness symptoms, that make the nights very long.
Your thoughts on this?
I was lucky to travel into 17,000 foot basecamp with
one of the International Mountain Guides trekking
groups, so I acclimatized really well and easily.
Apart from one day of light headaches, I was healthy.
This allowed the long, cold nights to be very
bearable. I brought a number of great books (anyone
read 'Guns, Germs, and Steel'?) and a minidisc player
with a number of discs that my sweetheart made me for
the trip (anyone ever listen to 'Taj Mahal'?) So I was
set. But yes, my -30 degree bag was crucial.
Do you think the Yeti exists ?
Well, I was pretty compelled by Messner's account from
a couple years ago... I certainly wouldn't rule it
out... but ultimately, I think that Messner is
How high did you get on Everest ? and are you a
Yeah, I'm definitely a climber. I started in my home
state of Washington when I was sixteen, and fell in
love with it immediately. But in my first 3 years of
climbing, I had two good friends, and climbing
partners, die in the mountains - one on a trip that i
was on. So I think that I realized very early, that
while I love being in the mountains, and climbing, I
don't really want to put myself in a position where I
could be even close to death. So, until, fate came
knocking at my door this spring, I really didn't think
that I'd ever spend much time on Mt. Everest or other
I didn't want to do too much climbing on this trip.
And I had responsibilities at Basecamp, working on the
video as I was, but I did get one trip up to ABC,
which was amazing, and Jochen and I woke up early one
day, and made it about halfway up the N. Col before
the weather closed in on us, and we descended. We got
to 22,000 feet, beating my previous record by more
than 5000 feet. Let me tell you, doing anything at
that altitude... is really really hard.
Tell us about the Sherpa climbers. I heard Eric fired
some and send them to walk home with food...
is the good and the bad.
The sherpas are just amazing. Incredible people,
incredible athletes. I enjoyed every minute in their
company. Perhaps my biggest regret about my film, 'Found
On Everest' is the fact that I really wasn't
able to include much at all about the Sherpas, without
whom, our expedition wouldn't be the same. But really,
the story is about 2 things: the search for Mallory
and Irvine, and the rescue on May 24. Re: Eric sending
some home early... Simo doesn't take any shit. And if
some of the help spends more time drunk than helping
with the expedition, then it really isn't worth his
money to pay them to do that.
yeah, he had to send a couple sherpas out (in a jeep
to Nepal) - which is really too bad - but ultimately
nobody's fault but their own...
Tell us more about Andy P, he is my favorite of the
Andy is just a phenomenal individual. I feel feel
really lucky to have met him. He seems to me to be a
climber that really has his priorities in order. He's
also salt of the earth, not a climber that has an
inflated opinion about himself... even though what
he's accomplished in the Himalaya is absolutely
phenomenal. He's also a wonderful writer as you can
see from his dispatches. Jochen and I spent a great
deal of time this spring trying to convince Andy to
continue work on a book that he has in mind... I won't
include his email address here, but... maybe if there
were enough popular support from the EverestNews.com
Was this your first time at Everest ? Can you compare
it to being on other mountains.
It was my first time in the Himalayas. And it was
amazing. Unlike being on any mountains that I've been
on here in North America. In the Cascades and Tetons,
a four or five day climbing trip is a long one... so
being part of a group that spent the better part of
three months on one mountain was a really foreign
experience for me... But it was soooo cool to get to
see what an Everest expedition is like from the
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