Hi everyone, it’s Ed Viesturs calling the morning of May 24th, I’m right now in Kathmandu, Nepal, I arrived here last night, it was quite a difficult exit out of the Khumbu valley, the weather was really bad, visibility was negligible, it was raining and yesterday I hiked from the village of Pheriche to near the village of Lukla over seven hours simply to get below the cloud cover and to be able to catch a flight out of the Khumbu Valley. So it’s really really nice to be hear today, later today I’m flying to Bangkok and then from there the US and where I’ll arrive home late on Monday. The rest of the team made it to the summit yesterday morning, Dave Hahn and crew reached the summit around 6:30 in the morning, very exciting, a very very successful expedition in my opinion, and for me it was a unique opportunity go back to Everest again for the 11th time and to climb with friends such as Peter Whittaker, Melisa Arnott, Dave Hahn, Jake Norton, and to be a part of this launch of the brand First Ascent from Eddie Bauer.
The cool part of this was we spent the last year and a half designing and developing from the ground up the products that we wore, the clothing, the tents, packs and the ultimate test and the ultimate showcase for us was to go as a team, as a design team, as a climbing team, to Mount Everest and use the products we developed. We all had a wealth of experience n the mountains, we knew what we wanted, we knew what we didn’t ’want and that’s what we ended up with the products we got to develop, everything you wanted, nothing that you don’t, that was the whole idea behind this all. You know I talked about previously not gong back to Everest or probably not going back to Everest but this was an opportunity I felt I couldn’t pass up.
And just to finish, I often said earlier several years ago that I probably wouldn’t go back to Everest, but if I think in the back of my mind I always felt that if some unique opportunity came along to take me back to Everest I would go, this was one of those unique opportunities to help this global company Eddie Bauer to launch a new brand First Ascent I felt was one of those opportunities that I couldn’t pass up to go to Everest again with a group of very very experienced and conservative mountaineers was intriguing as well, I felt that we could be safe, we could do things the right way and if everything panned out we could also be successful and go to the summit which was what happened. So at 49 years old and to climb the summit of Everest again for the seventh time was a kind of unique and enjoyable experience, I’m glad I did it, I reflect back on the climb now, and I thing the one thing I learn a lot when I come off these expeditions is that it teaches me a lot about patience again, when you go into the mountains, you can be strong, you can be fast you can be ready, you can be all fired up, but ultimately the mountain calls the shots, you have to be patient, so I’m going to cut off for now because I’m going to lose you, this is Ed Viesturs signing out from Kathmandu, Nepal.