Double Dipping On Everest!


GreatOutdoors.com has posted an article by Dave Hahn who pulled a “two-fer” on Everest in 2006, summiting first during the Spring season in May, and then again in October, after the monsoon season had passed. An impressive feat to say the least.

Dave says that while he’s proud of his achievement, he didn’t necessarily set out to summit twice in a year as a goal. it just sort of happened, and on both climbs he was focused on reaching the top on that particular expedition. He also notes that while it’s a nice achievement, there have been sherpas who have topped out twice in a week. He is, however, particularly proud of his Autumn summit, as climbing post-monsoon is generally colder and windier than in the Spring, and is far less crowded.

He goes on to talk about the time commitment for these expeditions and how the climbs differed from Spring to Fall. It’s an interesting read, as Everest is a different mountain in those two seasons.

3 thoughts on “Double Dipping On Everest!”

  1. I used to lead treks to the Everest Base Camp and was a founder of
    the first hut-to-hut system in Nepal. In the region during the worst
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    Beyond the Summit is unique in being the first fiction about Sherpas.
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    a culture still living in the Middle Ages. Young Dorje wants what the
    foreigners bring while his father resents their intrusion in the realm
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    an adventure and romance in the high Himalayas. The story has something
    for everyone: an expedition from the porter’s point of view, Tibetan
    refugees, conflict between generations as tourism and the modern world
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    Beyond the Summit was released on May 29, 2006—the anniversary of Sir
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    release, an NBC affiliate invited me for a live TV interview and Colorado PUblic radio also interviewed me. Because the book is so unusual, it immediately generated a great deal of interest. A week after it came out, a Denver affiliate of NBC invited for a live TV appearance and I was interviewed on Colorado Public Radio. While I was in northern CA, I was interviewed for a one-hour program, A Novel Idea, on KRCB in Rohnert Park, CA; the Pat Thurston Show on KSRO in Santa Rosa; CA and the Morning show on KSVY in Sonoma, CA.

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    Barnes and Noble Review
    Average Rating: *****
    07/07/2006
    “Best book on Nepal ever… This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.”
    — John (college professor)

    Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to http://www.beyondthesummit-novel.com
    A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

    LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

    LeBlanc’s vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

    A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there. USABookNews.com

    A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest. EverestNews.com

    Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialogue. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

    This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

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