Video: Reflections on Climbing Everest by Mountaineer Alexander Barber

As we get ready for the start of the spring climbing season on Everest, I thought I would share this video from mountaineer Alexander Barber. Last year, Barber set out to climb Everest solo and unsupported, without the use of bottled oxygen. After finding success on other 8000 meter peaks in that style, he ran into trouble on his ascent of Everest. As you’ll see, he contracted HAPE, which severely impacted his healthy on the way up. If you’ve ever wondered what pulmonary edema looks like in a climber, this video will help you to understand it more fully.

Kraig Becker