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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-08-2009 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Parazynski is back on Mount Everest and should all proceed as planned, he will become the first astronaut to summit the "roof of the world" on May 10 between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. CDT.

Parazynski described to collectSPACE prior to leaving the final push to the peak:

For me, here at sea level or the equivalent climbing in Colorado, I probably wouldn't think too much of it. I would have respect for it but it wouldn't be horribly technical. But when you put it at 29,000 feet, it's really hard.

Video credit: OnOrbit.com

In addition to a patch for the late astronaut Karl Henize (who died in 1993 while attempting to summit) and Tibetan prayer flags for the fallen astronauts and cosmonauts who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration, Parazynski is also carrying a special tribute to the first moon landing: an Apollo 11 moon rock loaned to him by NASA.

Learn more about Parazynski's summit attempt at OnOrbit.com and follow him at @SPOTScott on Twitter.

(For details about Parazynski's first summit attempt, see our 2008 climb thread.)

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posted 05-08-2009 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OnOrbit.com update:
Weather conditions atop Mt. Everest have become unacceptable for further ascent at this time. Scott and other climbers have begun to descend from Camp II and should be back [to] Everest Base Camp any moment now. Stay tuned for updates.

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OnOrbit.com update by Scott Parazynski:
Back at Base Camp - Bad Weather, Bad Luck

Day 47/May 7, 2009 (Thursday)
Joy and Pain

And then it started... snow, and wind. Lots of it. Moist air had not been forecast, but it was here without a doubt. Our summit bid was in jeopardy, as pulling up fixed lines and kicking in new steps on a summit day could be beyond exhausting. A call down to IMG Base and an updated forecast from Seattle suggested that our summit "window" was much narrower than previously hoped. Eric suggested we all descend in the next day or two, as heavy snows and winds in the coming days would prevent a safe ascent at this time. Long range forecasts now suggest sometime after May 18th would be the time to try again.
Day 49/May 9, 2009 (Saturday)
Down and Out
05:30 weather call to IMG base; no change in the forecast, so Danuru and I were out of Dodge by 06:30 at a sprinter's pace.

...now safely back at EBC [Everest Base Camp], myself, Keith and several of my climbing teammates plan to head down to Pheriche for a couple of days. Rest, thick air, and time to mentally prepare for another summit bid...

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Scott Parazynski is leaving Everest Base Camp for a few days to seek out a shower and increased oxygen at lower altitudes. According to a Twitter update, his summit window is now no earlier than May 18.

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OnOrbit.com update by Scott Parazynski
What does the future hold?
A thick wet snow is falling here in Pheriche on Day 52 of the expedition, and uncertainty exists as to when we can easily return to EBC [Everest Base Camp], when the weather might lift to allow teams to recommence their summit bids, and when we might get our chance... Snow up high means fixed lines will likely be covered, as will have our bootprints from multiple prior forays up the route. All 20+ climbing teams will be poised to go at the first hint of promising weather, which might result in crowding and bottlenecks. Meanwhile, the end of May and the approach of the monsoon season is less than 3 weeks away.

Uncertainty exists, but we’ll eventually prevail...

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OnOrbit.com update by Scott Parazynski
Heading Up - Looking Up...
I feel just great after the rest period, which ended this morning: I've hiked back up to EBC [Everest Base Camp] (6 hours of uphill)...

The weather appears to be cooperating, as we had a beautiful, cloud-free morning --- and a typical EBC afternoon with clouds and light snow. Some teams have elected to head back up to Camp II early tomorrow, but our plan is to take tomorrow off, and head back up on May 16th. We'll then take a rest day at Camp II, and target a summit on or about May 20th (when weather is also expected to be calm and hopefully clear). As always, this too may change... I'm hopeful that several teams will try for their summits on the 18th or 19th, thus kicking in the route for us, and pulling up the snow-covered ropes that must exist up there! My main goal is to avoid traffic jams, so whatever day becomes the first major summit day of the season, you probably won't find me there!

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OnOrbit.com update
Scott is Back at Camp II
Scott departed Everest Base Camp this morning around 4:30 am. He and his climbing partners are now at Camp II where they will spend the next day resting. He checked in this afternoon with his SPOT Personal Satellite Tracker. Current plans call for a summit around 5-6 am local time on 20 May (7-8 pm EDT 19 May).

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OnOrbit.com update
Scott Presses on for the Summit
Scott has reached Camp III which is located on a small ledge at an elevation of 7,470 meters (24,500 ft). He will spend tomorrow at Camp III resting before pushing on to Camp IV (South Col) at an elevation of 7,920 meters (26,000 ft).

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OnOrbit.com update
To the Summit - Moon Rocks in Tow
The lunar sample carried by Parazynski was collected by Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong in July 1969. Numbered as sample 10085,134 this was one of the surface and subsurface samples picked up about 15-20 feet (4-6 meters) north of the Lunar Module "Eagle" which landed in the Sea of Tranquility.

...these tiny rocks are left over from pieces embedded into so called "Small World" plaques that the US bestowed as gifts to other nations and to all fifty states in the seventies.


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posted 05-19-2009 05:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OnOrbit.com update
Scott has Reached Camp IV
Scott [is] at Camp IV (South Col) at an elevation of 7,920 meters (26,000 ft). The summit is still a bit away at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft). Scott's summit window still focuses on a 7-8 pm 19 May EDT / 5-6 am 20 May Local time summit.

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OnOrbit.com update
Scott Is On The Summit
Scott Parazynski and his Sherpa Danuru are standing on the summit of Mt. Everest as of 6:15 pm EDT - 4 am Nepal time.

Scott is using his SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker to check in. You can follow his progress all the way to the summit by checking his personal tracking page. Select "terrain" to see how close he is getting to the summit of Mt. Everest.


Video credit: OnOrbit.com

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posted 05-19-2009 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, I don't know how you juggle so many balls; covering the Hubble repair, Scott's quest of Everest, etc. Thanks! Although Scott is not riding a rocket thrusting him into space, he is still being thrust upwards due to the collision of India and Asia, although at a slightly slower rate. Best wishes for him on his descent.

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OnOrbit.com: Photos of Scott Parazynski on the Summit of Mt. Everest


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posted 05-21-2009 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations on the accomplishment!!! Bring back some Everest snow (ha ha). Curious on what the sky appears on the top.

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posted 05-23-2009 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just hope he comes back safe now. I am glad he finally got to accomplish his dream. Once he returns, I hope he can talk a little about it as I believe I now have some idea why people like to climb mountains (not "because it is there" but rather something else).

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posted 12-26-2009 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Discovery Channel's Everest: Beyond The Limit will feature Scott Parazynski's 2009 successful summit in the episode "Deadly Countdown" debuting Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. EST.

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