Danville Express

Newsfront - May 25, 2007

He did it!

Danville man reaches Everest peak, safely descends

Danville resident Curt Myers, 27, reached the peak of Mount Everest at 4:33 p.m., Friday, May 18, Pacific Standard Time.

Myers called his father, Chris Myers, via satellite telephone to convey the good news.

"I am relieved, and I am relaxed much more," said Chris Myers on Monday morning. "He made it. He's still alive."

He was relieved to report that his son was out of the high-risk zone on Everest. He stayed 20 minutes on the summit before heading back down.

"He should arrive at the base camp today," added Myers. "It's not a piece of cake."

Curt Myers' employer, SimplexGrinnell, a security, alarm and communications company, allowed Curt Myers time off and partially funded his journey to the highest point on earth because it aligns with the company mantra to have employees "reach new heights personally and professionally."

Visit his Curt Myers' Web site to read about his adventures at www.MySpace.com/ReachingNewHeights

Mount Everest was also in the news last week when a 46-year-old veteran Sherpa guide named Apa scaled the peak for the 17th time, setting a record. Then, sadly, it was announced May 17 that two climbers from South Korea fell to their deaths on their way to the summit.

It was also reported that 23 climbing parties were trying to scale the peak this season from the Nepalese side. The season begins in March and ends in late May.

Since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first reached the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, approximately 2,000 climbers have succeeded in making the ascent. Around 205 have died in the attempt.

-Staff reports


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