A brave and experienced mountain climber snapchatted from one of the tallest peaks in the world yesterday: Mount Everest.
Cory Richards scaled the mountain without using supplemental oxygen, sharing his whole adventure through Snapchat and Instagram using #EverestNoFilter.
Richards was joined by Adrian Ballinger, another experience climber who has previously summited Everest six times. Though this time, he did not reach the top. Ballinger had to turn back to camp and head towards 27,000 feet above sea level as he got too cold to continue.
Mount Everest’s summit is 29,029 feet above sea level. At that high of an altitude there is only one-third the amount of oxygen that there would be at sea level. Most people use supplemental oxygen to avoid the harsh effects of high altitude.
Check out some of the duo’s spectacular pictures below.
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Aristotle I posted a similar image to this about two weeks and talked to the points of team work. That was the impersonal view…this one is about partnership. I've spent the past two months with @adrianballinger on the North side of Everest. That time Passed with a blink. His overwhelming and genuine psych, his deep level of respect and understanding of personal nuance and needs, and his true desire to act as a singular partnership are cornerstones of his personality…which has been one of the greatest experiences of partnership I can point to. Yesterday, AB made the incredibly hard decision to turn around before the summit. In some ways, I think he wanted this even more than me. But he knew that to keep going was to endanger himself and others. He also knew that as a partnership, splitting up was the best thing to do. It was a paradoxical decision that at once splinters conventional ideas of partnership, and in that moment, cemented ours forever. I couldn't be more proud of him and the decisions he made with our Doctor, Monica. It's sad to turn around after months of effort. It's my job to know that and respect that. But I'd be remiss if I didn't voice the idea that this was always a team effort and @adrianballinger is the stronger half of that team. EverestNoFilter #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer
I'm not a wordy guy at 8300 meters/27,000 feet. @coryrichards and I made it to the highest camp on the planet. It hurt a lot. We leave at 10pm for our #Everest summit push. A lot of bullshit is going on around us – stolen oxygen bottles, poached tents, climbers taking it too close to the edge. We're going to do our best to keep our ascent attempt clean, succeed or fail. #everestnofilter #everest2016