Mount Everest Mount Everest

  • “The end of the ridge and the end of the world... then nothing but that clear, empty air. There was nowhere else to climb. I was standing on the top of the world.” [Allison was the first American woman to summit Everest]

  • “Altitude is the great equalizer.”

  • “I must make top, you know. I no want go up more but, is not possible to make sponsors if no success here.” [Batard tried to reach summit in 24 hours]

  • “We encourage young people to go out and exceed thier goals. Everest is an icon of that.”

  • “All the winds of Asia seemed to be trying to blow us from the ridge.” [1975, about the South Summit]

  • “The wind is the appalling enemy. It is mind-destroying, physically-destroying, soul-destroying.” [1975]

  • “There was no more grass, no flowers, not even any moss: dusty granite blocks covered the ice and an occasional grinding groan reminded us that we were on a slow-moving glacier.”

  • “Don’t forget it’s really just a big pile of rocks.”

  • “We have founded a support group for Everest climbers called Everest Anonymous; members can call each other up for support when they’re thinking about returning to the mountain.”

  • “Everest is a matter of universal human endeavor, a cause from which there is no withdrawal, whatever losses it may demand.”