An Endurance Lab Project
May 22, 2019
“My friend and hero Lydia Bradey and I summited Mount Everest (8848 meters/29,029 ft), the first climbing members to reach it from the Tibet side this season, just as the rope-fixers finished putting up the final 500 vertical feet of lines. They hugged and high-fived us as they descended, leaving us alone with our two Sherpas, Mingma Tshering and Pasang Tendi, on the summit, an incredible and almost non-existent experience.
We climbed from Camp 2 at 7700 meters, departing late by Everest standards at 1:45 AM, to give the rope fixers time to finish their work. No one else climbed from the north side that day. We were so fortunate to have the mountain all to ourselves. Hard to believe, still processing.”
From Roxanne Vogel
On Friday, May 24 at approximately 11pm PDT, Roxanne Vogel landed at San Francisco International Airport, completing her “Lightning Ascent” of Mt. Everest. She went from Berkeley, CA to the top of the world and back…in 14 days!
Roxanne Vogel is the Nutrition & Performance Research Manager here at GU Energy Labs, and she set out to push the limits of mountaineering through a technique dubbed a “Lightning Ascent,” drastically reducing the time it typically takes to acclimatize and summit the world’s tallest peak through training, technology, and careful nutrition planning. Learn more about her training and preparations below.Instagram Twitter
TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD AND BACK IN 14 DAYSPART 1: THE PROJECT READ MORE
TRAINING & NUTRITION FOR A LIGHTNING FAST EVEREST ASCENTPART 2: THE TRAINING READ MORE
Our friends from Garmin equipped Roxanne with a inReach Explorer+ so we can follow along on her journey. She’ll be posting real-time updates, so we can see her progress when she begins her climb from 17,000 ft. to the top of Mt. Everest at 29,029 ft.
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Packing underway....My living room is just barely large enough to fit all of my gear for #everest2019. Departure date still TBD, waiting out some bad weather but hopeful I’ll be off in less than a week 🤞 see you soon @lydiabradey @adrianballinger @alpenglowexpeditions Let’s do this! #guforit #himaladies #sheadventures #boldlygo #finalcountdown
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#everest2019 team update: All teams are stationed at their respective camps waiting for high winds to subside and snow conditions to improve. 🌬❄️ For high points, so far @adrianballinger’s team, @lydiabradey @coryrichards and @estebantopomena have all tagged North Col Camp at 23,000’/7,000m or above. The #rapidascent team will attempt to tag North Col tomorrow. Sherpa will start to push forward and begin fixing lines above North Col Camp in the coming days. ⛰🎿🏃 #climbskitrek #adventuredoneright 📷: @coryrichards