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Hommers torch at Everest 7300m
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May 5, 2004 17: 34 EST
Friends Without Borders; The Everest team of Tom McMillan and amputee - Nawang Sherpa are ready for an Everest summit. Done acclimatizing at C3, the climbers are positioned in BC for an Everest summit dream come true at the first sign of a weather window. This' their latest update:

"Camp III (24,442ft.) acclimatization completed--time to rest and prepare for final summit bid.Tom and Nawang slept there without the use of supplemental oxygen to acclimatize successfully at that altitude.

This means they are now well-positioned to proceed up to Camp IV at 26,082ft. on the South Col when weather permits. From there they will eventually make their summit attempt later this month when snow and weather conditions are optimal."

A motorcycle wreck in summer 2000 left Nawang Sherpa, an aspiring high-altitude guide in Nepal, an amputee. In 2001 he received his first prosthetic leg from UC San Francisco. He got a new "climbing leg" in 2002 thanks to the High Exposure foundation, a nonprofit launched by Ed Hommer, who lost his own legs on Denali and hoped to scale Everest one day together with Nawang. Climbing with a Peak Promotion group, Nawang easily climbed to C2 on Mount Everest. Ed's own Everest dream however ended in tragedy a few months later when a rock struck and killed him on Mount Rainier Sep 23, 2003. This year Tom McMillan, a California climber, stepped in to make Nawang's dream to scale Mount Everest a reality. Tom, Nawang and Peak Promotion are going for it this spring.

"It is not just about the enduring love of mountains and the formative challenges of climbing them. It is also friendship—beyond the borders of nations and cultures and capabilities. The Everest: Friendship Beyond Borders expedition will prove how people working together can tackle the toughest problems in the world. And it will help not only Nawang Sherpa, but other people throughout the world who are committed to rebuilding their lives and careers."

Image of Tom and Nawang testing out their oxygen systems courtesy of the team.

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