Dave Hahn, GreatOutdoors.com Everest correspondent, has been nominated as one of the top athletes of the year in next week’s upcoming ESPY Awards. Hosted by Justin Timberlake, the 16th Annual ESPY award show will be televised at 9 p.m. ET on /ESPN. Athletes ranging from golfer Tiger Woods to stock car driver Jimmie Johnson have been nominated in 37 categories. Voting is open the public at www.espys.tv.
Hahn, who made an historic 10th ascent of Mount Everest May 25 while reporting live for GreatOutdoors.com, was nominated in the category of Best Outdoor Athlete of the year. Other nominees in the Outdoor category include Captain Scott Smiley, who climbed Mount Rainier after being blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Lance Mackey, a dog musher who won both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest in the same year, and fisherman Skeet Reese, a winner of fishing tournaments.
While attempting to reach Dave Hahn for comment, he answered the phone at 14,000 feet on Mount McKinley, where he is currently guiding a group of would be summiteers to the top of the highest peak in Alaska.
"I admit to being a little suprised by the nomination," Hahn said from Denali, "because I never really thought of climbing as a sport. But I'm glad at ESPN they are paying attention to what we are doing in the mountains. It shows that people are genuinely interested in that form of human endeavor."
Hahn became last spring the first non Sherpa climber to reach double digit ascents of the world’s highest peak when he reached the top, along with client Nicky Messner and Sherpa climber Samduk Dorjee on May 25. Hahn has reached the summit of Everest from both the Nepal and Tibet sides of the mountain.
When asked if he would be attending the awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Hahn replied: "That depends on when we climb Mount McKinley, and if we can get down in time."