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No Place but UP!™

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The following is an excerpt taken from the Introduction:

Numerous books have been written about Mount Everest. Some are factual, revealing the history of the mountain while others have focused on the climbing drama and tragedies that have unfortunately accompanied this iconic peak.

This book will focus on the emotional yet overwhelming positive aspects of climbing the Himalayan giant, made possible by the incredible camaraderie of the team of which I was a part. I also wanted to share with you some of the events in my life which I believe led me to want to travel to such a desolate and hostile place.

This incredible adventure was orchestrated by Himalayan Experience Ltd. and led by mountaineering legend Russell Brice. How does one adequately thank a person for helping make a dream come true? I owe Russell, as well as the entire Himalayan Experience support staff, a debt of gratitude.

Yes, I experienced tough days on the mountain. However, it was the spirit of the climbers, the work ethic of our porters, the preparedness of our doctor, the skills of our guides, the incredible services of the base camp staff, the decision-making of our leader, and most certainly the awesome power of our Sherpas which contributed to the overwhelming good days and success our expedition experienced. It was the people I met on this voyage and their contribution on the mountain which made all the suffering, both physical and mental, worthwhile. We may have come together as strangers but we walked away as family.

Like my numerous friendships off the mountain, I learned a lesson about the importance of kinship and the unbreakable bond such relationships create. It is such friends whom inspired me to write this book.

Why would anyone want to climb Mount Everest, to intentionally place one's self in harm's way?

No, I am not a professional mountaineer. I am a veterinarian by trade but most importantly a husband and father. I simply enjoy the solitude, beauty, and challenge which the mountains have to offer. I have not climbed all over the world and in fact did not start climbing until 2006, just three years prior to my Everest ascent.

There are a handful of true mountaineers in the world, some of whom are outspoken about the masses of rich westerners who try to climb Everest. Unfortunately, there are those who crowd and litter its slopes driven mainly by their egos. Fortunately, not all westerners on the mountain are self-centered and careless. The people I met and climbed the mountain with came with a purpose beyond self-indulgence. We also chose to respect its flanks; removing gear, refuse, and even our biological waste.

Although part of a large group, we were individually unique, climbing to see what we were made of, to fulfill a quest and most importantly to live life.

I admire those who climb all over the world establishing new routes on both climbed and unclimbed peaks. I hope such individuals will respect that I am not one of them but I am also not a spoiled socialite.

I went to Everest not to conquer the mountain but instead to conquer a dream.

George Leigh Mallory, a renowned British climber in the early twentieth century, was once asked about his vision to try and be the first person to reach Everest's summit. In 1922, he followed that dream and while he didn't top out he did come within fifteen-hundred feet of it.

While on tour in the United States to lecture about this incredible adventure, he was asked something along the line of, "Why bother to climb Mount Everest?" Mallory's proposed response was, "Because it is there."

Yes, Everest was and will continue to be there to climb yet to me his answer referred not to the mountain itself. He climbed the mountain because his dream was there.

No Place but UP!™

Lots of people dream big dreams but then lose sight of them as the years go by and the responsibilities of family life pile up. Lance Fox is an ordinary guy who at the very moment he became a father decided he’d climb Everest, despite living in just about the flattest place on Earth and never having climbed before. He did it because he thought he could and I loved his story from the moment we met in Kathmandu before his climb. He’s not superman – just someone who followed his dream.  No Place but UP! will inspire you to dust off your dreams, too.

Dick Colthurst
Creative Director, Tigress Productions
Executive Producer for the Discovery™ Channel series,
Everest: Beyond the Limit

 

To have a dream is one thing, to dream that you want to climb to the summit of Everest is another. To actually fulfill this dream is considerably more difficult, and for most it is perceived as hugely selfish.  However for some, they are not only ready to commit to the hardships of climbing, but along the way they also want to help others who are less fortunate than themselves.  Lance Fox is one of those special people in the world who has a burning desire to succeed, but also has the disposition that enables him to lend a hand to others around him.

The beginning of the book's Forward by Russell Brice,
Himalayan Experience Expedition Leader
Photo at left is of Russ and Lance at Everest Base Camp