Expedition Hanesbrands: "Summit!"

It was late Sunday night — but almost midmorning Nepal time — when the Twitter message came through: “Scottie, Sherpa Team, and I are on the top of the world. We’ve climbed all of Everest. What’s Yours?” That was the tweet from the top of the world, as Jamie Clarke, Scott Simper, and the Sherpa climbers from Expedition Hanesbrands crested to Mount Everest’s 29,035-foot summit after weeks of effort.

As a communications director last month in Nepal with the expedition, this news touched me close. I trekked and lived with Clarke, Simper, and the rest of the expedition in Nepal and at Everest Base Camp for three weeks in the country. When I left, the climbers were heading to Camp II for acclimatization. I trekked down as they climbed up, and then I flew back home while they curled in a tent and gasped for air. A tinge of envy accompanied me as I left Kathmandu. A climb on Everest was so close for me, though I only made it — by choice and time limits in the country — to 18,600 feet on a small peak near the mountain.

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Mount Everest

Clarke and team kept working, digging tent platforms, kicking steps, moving up and up. They cinched hoods and turned from strong wind. Ice crystals scoured the Lhotse Face, an immense and dangerous slope. But after weeks of effort, the sweat and lung-gasps paid off last night. The entire team stood on top of the world!

As of now, Expedition Hanesbrands is descending the mountain. They have a couple dangerous days ahead of them still. Congratulate the team, and wish them luck as they go down-rope, down the huge faces, through the icefall, and back to Base Camp to rest, finally, after so much effort to get to the top. Follow the expedition at www.ClimbWithUs.com.

—Stephen Regenold

Commenting on post : Expedition Hanesbrands: "Summit!"
Posted by kristain.musni - 05/18/2010 05:47 AM

Mount Everest – also called Qomolangma Peak, Mount Sagarmāthā, Chajamlangma (Limbu), Zhumulangma Peak or Mount Chomolangma – is the highest mountain on Earth above sea level, and the highest point on the Earth's continental crust, as measured by the height above sea level of its summit, 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). The mountain, which is part of the Himalaya range in Asia, is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China.

Posted by Editor - 05/18/2010 06:48 AM

Press release on summit details: http://bit.ly/aoWwtd

Posted by Editor - 05/18/2010 10:49 AM

Video: Exped Hanesbrands summits Everest! http://tinyurl.com/23ar9ps

Posted by Steve "Hammy" Handwerker - 06/05/2010 01:59 PM

Awesome. Truly awesome. Stephen, you get “awesome” too for your 18k feet and awesome reporting.

Posted by Jerry Lee - 07/12/2010 01:40 PM

How did the new technology/jacket/gear hold up with the? Zeroloft Aerogel? I believe this material was reported to have been part of a new line of clothing for Hanesbrand….I can’t recall the exact specifics….Just curious. Thanks!

Posted by Gear Junkie - 08/31/2010 04:33 PM
Posted by Reach Summit - 02/10/2011 06:19 AM

Thanks for that blog report. Was nice to read with great photos. Always pleasant to follow teams in their adventure. Reach Summit Website

Posted by DARKSKY - 06/20/2011 10:42 AM

well done to all the team, i would love to stand on the summit of Everest but i know it will never happen for me mow, im a passionate mountaineer but i will never be able to get the 30 – 40 thousand pounds it costs to do it, its a crying shame that this beautiful mountain placed here by mother earth is only to be enjoyed by the wealthy people among us all, Its so not right, i do understand that the country charges for the visa to climb Everest and so puts tourist dollars into country BUT its way too expensive, it seems more and more these days is just about the money and nothing else…,WHAT A CRYING SHAME !

Posted by Elliot Green - 03/16/2012 08:48 AM

I read the report with great pleasure and enjoyed the photos greatly, I even feel jealous for such people who constantly get such bright impressions, discover and explore.
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