Update 5/5/2005: Will is well and has been to camp 2 and back.
Everest 2005: Will Cross
a type 1 diabetic takes on Everest: Checking In
Everest 2005: Will Cross
a type 1 diabetic takes on Everest: Cat and mouse
NovoLog Insulin, Kobold
Watches and SummitOxygen are this
years sponsors for my second go on Everest. The expedition is part of The
NovoLog Peaks and Poles Challenge; my quest to climb the seven summits and
reach both Poles.
Last year Brad Clement and I
turned around at about 27,500. He had a retinal hemorrhage and my oxygen tank
valve locked shut. Going down made the most sense then and still does today!
I have thought every day
about that attempt and how this one will be different. I'd like to carry to
C3, come down to C2 to rest and then go back up to better acclimatize. A rest
day at C4, weather permitting, is another option. I will also wear my insulin
pump beyond BC to keep the best blood sugars possible. My diabetes must remain
in good control despite the punishment of an expedition; this, in turn will
allow for faster recovery and better acclimatization. Will
Will Cross, who became the
first person with diabetes to reach the South Pole, attempted to reach the
summit of Mt. Everest on May 17, 2004, but was forced to turn back because of
extreme exhaustion and a shortage of oxygen. As a type 1 diabetes patient,
Will carefully controlled his blood glucose levels using NovoLog® insulin and
long-acting Novolin®, and followed a carefully determined diet of 3,500
calories per day. The climate of Mt. Everest is naturally extreme and at no
time of the year does the temperature on the summit rise above freezing.
Howling winds, little oxygen, avalanches and unpredictable weather also
contribute to the severe conditions on the mountain.
Will Cross is an educator and
explorer who has learned that the secret to success is envisioning life and
work as a series of challenging and inspiring adventures, with virtually
endless opportunities to seize and mountains to embrace. As a world-class
mountain climber and a much-sought-after motivational speaker, Will is
uniquely qualified to use the exploration metaphor in his Will Cross motivates
program to help individuals and organizations maximize both effort and
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