Descending [Alison Hargreaves]

via Daily Prompt: Descend

I go to mountaineering in my mind. As a child I enjoyed reading a book on Edmund Hilary’s ascent of Everest, and I was hooked, I loved reading about mountaineering. In my teens I kept up with the exploits of various climb events around the world. Names like Mallory, Hilary, Norgay, Bonnington, Messner, Breashears, Tabei …

The saddest read was the death of Alison Hargreaves. Hargreaves achieved a number of climbing firsts in her career. Her biggest challenge, which was to be her final, was to climb the three big ones in 1995: Mount Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga unaided. Hargreaves became a sensation when on the 13 May, 1995, she succeeded in climbing Everest unaided (no sherpas or bottled oxygen).

Sadly, on August 13, 1995, she died while descending from the summit of  K2.

I can never find the quote, but I read somewhere that descending is much tougher than ascending in mountaineering.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.