On October 9,
1983 Dan Reid along with fellow Americans George Lowe
and Jay Cassell stood atop the world's tallest mountain.
They had just completed a grueling five and a half week
assault on Everest's unclimbed Eastern (or Kangshung)
Face including a harrowing 28 days climb of a crumbling
3,500 foot rock and ice wall known as Lowe's Buttress.
The climb saw six successful summits though their joy at
their success was dampened by the falling deaths of two
Japanese climbers and a sherpa from another nearby
Reid was part of the 1981 unsuccessful
American attempt at the summit. During that climb a particularly difficult
pitch, which they climbed after Reid fell and climbed again, became known as
Reid's Nemesis. Reid would return to the crumbling wall and suffer three more
falls before finally conquering the pitch.
The Northern California Chapter of The
Explorers Club sponsors The Dan Reid Memorial Exploration Grant in memory of
Dan Reid and his wife who were killed while climbing.
In 1991 the MT. Diablo Hospital
Foundation (Concord, CA) presented its annual award to Heart Surgeon Reid and
his wife Barbara in recognition of their enduring energy, enthusiasm and good