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Mon 26 Sep 2005

NUS climber's ascent of Everest

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"A Carmel man's journey to the summit of Mount Everest." By Dennis Taylor. Monterey Herald, 25 Sep 2005.

An interesting article that chronicles Lindsey's participation and future hopes.

Lindley Zerbe was struggling toward the south summit of the highest peak on the planet, Mount Everest, willing his mind and body to ignore the exhaustion, the danger and the difficulty of a daunting journey that still loomed ahead -- a climb toward the famous Hillary Step, and beyond that to Everest's true summit.

Horrific winds -- literally, the jet stream -- ripped across the ridge line, sending ice needles into slivers of flesh that peeked through his protective clothing. Swirling snow devils made him duck.

Zerbe paused a moment to take in the view, one he'd certainly never see again.

"The sun was rising on the horizon toward Tibet," recalls the 26-year-old Carmel Valley native. "I could see the curvature of the earth, this blood-red horizon line. There was a rock cliff on my left, a slope to another cliff on my right. And, in the distance, I could see an electrical storm over Tibet. It was massive, but I was so high that I could see it as one unit. The thunderclouds were illuminated, also blood-red, and I could see the lightning shooting out of them.

"It was the most incredible thing I've ever seen in my life," he says. "It was as if I were entering another world, where humans aren't supposed to be." - [link]

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