It was such an honor to deliver the convocation address at my old prep school this past weekend.
An early morning on Lobuche with JBD.
Looking through photos and planning new adventures…
Next week I’m off to Kenya where I’ll attempt to climb Batian via the North Face route. Mt. Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, stands at 17,057 ft (5,199m) at it’s highest point, Batian. This will be my first time back in the hills since Everest season, and my excitement is at an all-time high!
Although Mt. Kenya is much lower than Everest, climbing to the true summit is far more technical. The total climb will last seven days trailhead to trailhead allowing me just enough time to acclimate and wait for an optimal summit window. Summit day is a 12-16 hour slog involving 20+ pitches (up to 5.9) of alpine rock climbing at altitude. To an experienced rock climber, this is nothing, but I am not a rock climber which is precisely why I was attracted to this challenge. I have climbed rock, yes, but while doing so I have been told that I resemble Clark Griswold in the Vegas Vacation Hover Dam scene.
I will be posting audio dispatches along the way, this shall be interesting.
Wake-up in the morning feeling like P-Diddy
Climb Everest with me from the comforts of your desk! I will be posting text and audio dispatches live from the Big E, “raw and uncut” as they say. I will do my best to keep these PG-13, but beware, altitude has the tendency to impair judgement!
As part of his Everest 2013 coverage Alan Arnette has been conducting interviews with some of this seasons climbers. Dawes Eddy is a tough act to follow but here is my interview:
A smooth landing Lukla, Nepal. October 2011