Gasping for air (and good business sense) at the summit of Mount Everest
Standing at 28,000 feet, a few scant yards from successfully summiting Mount Everest without an oxygen tank to breathe from, was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. I had dreamt about it since I was fourteen years old.
But it was also one of the most terrifying.
I had been without oxygen for way too long, my speed was slowing down, my thoughts were becoming garbled. If I sat too long to rest, I fell asleep—and if my team wasn’t there to wake me I could have perished. It was literally taking me hours to walk just a few steps. And every minute up represented an additional minute to get down safely. Many don’t realize the most dangerous part of the journey is coming back down. Read more…