The first Newfoundlander to summit Mount Everest is offering congratulations to Mark Ballard, the St. John’s man who just made it to the top.
Ballard reached the over 29,000 foot summit, just in time to see the Nepali sunrise this morning, and he is now on his way back down.
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We have finished our last acclimatization climb to Camp 3 (7200m). Weather was windy to say the least 40-50km/hr with gusts of 65 made it quite the challenge! Here I am with my Sherpa – Fura Sherpa who at 22 has summited Everest 4 times! Everest is in the background – approx 1600m higher. Next time we leave base camp will be for the Summit!
Followers have been able to track his progress via GPS online.
Al Hancock first summited Everest in 2007 and again in 2015. He says the entire process of climbing the mountain can take six to eight weeks of almost constant endurance, and the climb back down is often the trickiest part.
He says you’re mentally and physically exhausted on the way down, and with the thin air at that altitude, it feels like you’re breathing through a straw.
Hancock is currently engaged in the Big 14 Challenge raising funds to become the first Canadian to summit the 14 tallest mountains in the world, with six down already.
He says Mark Ballard’s summit is an amazing achievement, and now he’s just waiting to hear the team is back safely at Base Camp.