Amputee Accepts the Challenge of Mount Everest
American-Canadian Mount Everest Expedition will begin
its journey to Everest on August 9. What makes this
expedition unique is expedition organizer Ed Hommer, a
double amputee from Duluth, Minnesota. Hommer would be
the first double amputee to summit Everest. Ed and his
expedition will attempt the North side of the
1999, Hommer became the first double amputee to summit
McKinley. This is the same mountain where, in 1981,
Hommer crashed his single-engine airplane and was
stranded for several days with little food and no
shelter. After being rescued, Ed's frostbitten legs
were amputated at mid-calf.
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.''
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)
expedition departs the United States on August 9,
arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal on August 11. They 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 !!!
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