Outside Interviews Melissa Arnot

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Not to be outdone by Adventure’s interview with Ed Viesturs, Outside Online has responded with an interview of their own, and it’s with Viestur’s teammate on the upcoming Everest expedition, Melissa Arnot.

Melissa may not be a household name (yet!) like some of the legends she’ll be climbing with, but she has her own goals and aspirations on Everest this spring, and they include becoming the first American woman to summit Everest without oxygen. If successful, she’ll also be the first to summit twice from the South Side.

In the interview, she talks about how she got into climbing, what it’s like to stand on the summit of Everest, and the benefits and drawbacks of being the only woman on the First Ascent team. The rather lengthy interview, much longer than the one with Viesturs, covers a range of topics.

At the age of 25, Melissa is already an experienced guide, and it shows. She’ll be pulling her own weight with the boys this spring. Like I said earlier, clearly we’re going to hear a lot about this team and their climb.

Kraig Becker

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