This is “as good as it gets” for a National Day Holiday.

This one Holiday on May the 29th really “rang our bell”. The reason is, just like we did yesterday with the Whooping Crane Holiday coupled with our own Crane photos, we have added our own photos and personal input from Patti.

First we have the world famous mountain peak Mount Everest, the Earth’s highest mountain above sea level. Located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas, the China–Nepal border runs across its summit point. Its elevation of 8,848.86 m (29031.69 feet) was most recently established in 2020 by the Chinese and Nepali authorities. 

Because “our” Alaskan Mountain, Denali / Mt. McKinley, is North America’s highest mountain peak, and people come from all over the world to climb it, we are also fascinated with Mount Everest.

Then we have Patti, who was friends with a very famous Alaskan Mountain Climber..

THE PIRATE, Ray Genet, born in Switzerland! 

Nicknamed “The Pirate”, Ray Genet was an Alaskan mountain climber that established a record by making 25 successful climbs to the summit of Mt. McKinley, including the first successful winter ascent with three other climbers.

Ray Genet died on October 2, 1979, while descending Mount Everest with his fellow climber Hannelore Schmatz, succumbing to hypothermia in the night. Exhausted from the climb, they had stopped to bivouac at 28,000 feet (8,500 m) as the night approached, despite their Sherpa guides urging them not to stop.

Ray Genet froze to death in his sleeping bag, and is still entombed on the side of that mountain to this day.

The inscription on his cenotaph reads, “Let all who read this know that this man never said ‘I quit.'”

Now THAT “touches Patti’s soul and heart”. 

Patti? Can you believe that it has been forty four (44) years since Ray Genet died on Mount Everest on October the 2nd 1979! It must seem “like yesterday” to you!

Mount Everest Day is celebrated every year on May 29. The date was chosen to honor the mountain climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa who climbed the mountain on that day in 1953. Climbing Mount Everest is an accomplishment many people dream of but only a few achieve. Climbing the tallest mountain in the world comes with some life-threatening risks. It requires very good physical fitness. The climbers who make it usually have trained for many years before attempting the tallest mountain. It can take a good climber about two months to reach the peak.

Mount Everest is known for being the highest mountain above sea level. It stands tall in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. Its height is 29031.69 feet. Many climbers are attracted to the mountain, including highly experienced mountaineers. There are two routes to climb the mountain. The first is the standard route which approaches the summit from the southeast in Nepal. The other route approaches it from the north in Tibet. Climbing the mountain requires substantial technical climbing skills. It also comes with significant risks such as altitude sickness, weather, wind, and hazards from avalanches and the Khumbu Icefall. Some mountaineers have attempted the climb and have not made it back.

Mount Everest Day is a chance to celebrate the brave climbers who attempt the mighty Everest. They are a reminder that anything is possible when you are determined. The holiday signifies bravery and endurance. It takes a lot of courage to embark on a dangerous climb like Mount Everest. People all over the world can be inspired to take more chances and go after their dreams. It shows people that they can face any challenges they may be facing in their lives. The holiday raises awareness about the natural wonder. This eventually leads to support that can aid the mountain’s preservation. Preserving the environment’s natural treasures is important for our society and future generations.

A few of our own photos of Denali (aka formerly as Mount McKinley).

We’re going to call this a Post.

Cap and Patti

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