CBS - Professional climbers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards left base camp in Tibet Thursday to begin a six-day climb to the top of Mount Everest, and they are documenting their journey on their Snapchat account, EverestNoFilter.
When “CBS This Morning” last checked in with Ballinger and Richards, they had just been hit by a monster storm on the north side of Everest, reports CBS Sports’ Dana Jacobson. With winds approaching 50 miles per hour, their bodies were already depleted from climbing to nearly 25,000 feet, where the air is thin. “These mountains, they break us. They bring us to the edge. And finding where that edge is and then figuring out if we can still achieve beyond that – that’s what I love about this,” Ballinger said. “And so the very next day, we woke back up, the weather looked good, we felt okay. And we went and decided to tag as high as we possibly could on the mountain.”
Every since I watched the documentary Meru I’ve fancied myself a bit of a mountain climber. Have I actually gotten off the couch and climbed anything? Not in the slightest, but that’s all semantics. I consider myself quite the experienced climber and it’s fascinating to see my brothers in the climbing game document their trek up Everest first hand on SnapChat. What a wild time to be alive when I can’t get phone service in my bedroom but these guys are in “THE DEATH ZONE” in -30 degree temperatures and have no problem documenting it on SnapChat. They’re making the final push to the summit, without oxygen, which they compared to climbing “with an absolutely terrible hangover”. Watching TV is hard enough while hungover, I can’t imagine factoring in climbing up Mt Everest into that equation. But that’s what separates us climbers from everyone else.
I highly suggest following these guys on Snap @ EverestNoFilter as they continue to make their way up the mountain. I can’t imagine there is a better feeling in the world than climbing up to the highest point on Earth, and they are sharing it live.