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 Double Amputee Accepts the Challenge of Mount Everest

The 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 mountain.

In 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.
"This 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.''
Ed Hommer

The rest of the team is made up of mountaineers and professionals from across North America. They include:

  • Scott Anderson, Two Harbors, Minnesota
  • Daniel Bronstein, Basalt, Colorado
  • Tom Halvorson, Cloquet, Minnesota (Ed's prosthetist as well as a climber)
  • Brian McCullough, Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Kelly Raymond, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Karl Swanson, Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Jim Sturgis, Keller, Texas
  • Jim Wickwire, Seattle, Washington (Expedition Leader)

The 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. 

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Yes, note Jim Wickwire returns !!!

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