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May 29, 2015

The Continued Meaning of the First Everest Conquest

To stand atop Mount Everest is to stand at an elevation beyond which any plant grows or any animal lives. It is the exclusive realm of clouds and passenger jets. The peak is actually in the jet stream.

At that level of Earth’s atmosphere, air is less than a third the density of what it is at sea level, yet so cold it could freeze any uncovered skin in a few minutes. And despite the temperature, the sun is more harsh than in a desert at noon on a summer day. For most humans, it would be physical misery and mental delirium to be there. By any account, it is extremely dangerous.

As the sun rose on May 29, 1953, it was still generally considered impossible to climb to the [...]

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September 28, 2012

Hiking the John Muir Trail with the Pacific Crest Trail Association

This summer we spent two weeks hiking the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney along the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It was part of a film shoot for an ongoing story line in the movie “Origins” which we look to release in Feb 2013. Backpacking is an amazing way of seeing the world as you carry your home on your back and each night is a new abode. Averaging about 16 miles per day, it was a bitter-sweet adventure as we constantly encountered some of the most beautiful landscapes we’d ever seen but we didn’t have enough time to stop, chill out, and enjoy it. Altogether, it was challenging and amazing. Hiking that hard at high altitude [...]

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