Team No Limits member, Dr.
Larry Rigsby, is a 54 year old practicing Internist and Hospitalist. Larry was
born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. Larry
currently resides in Signal Mountain, Tennessee and recently moved from
Montgomery, Alabama where he practiced medicine for 20 years.
Dr. Rigsby writes a medical
series for Everest News and has a great deal of interest in high altitude
medicine and physiology. In 2004 Rigsby conducted a high altitude sleep study
on the North or Tibetan side of Mt. Everest. To our knowledge, this was the
highest sleep study to ever be conducted.
Dr. Rigsby has climbed in the
Alaska Chuwgach and St. Elias Range with peaks including Denali and Moose's
Tooth. Other climbs include Rainier as well as multiple winter assents in
Colorado. Larry has climbed in the Himalayas and is drawn to the region. He
summited Ama Dablam in 2004 and was on an Everest expedition in 2004 where he
conducted a medical study on the Tibetan side of Everest.
Larry's favorite climbing is
ice and alpine, however, he embraces and loves all aspects of climbing. In
addition to climbing, Rigsby is an ultra runner and running is a large part of
his training. During his off time, Larry loves to spend time in Leadville,
Colorado training for his climbing expeditions and enjoying time with his
After a recent training climb
on Aconcagua in South America, Larry ran into some health problems. He debated
for a while on whether or not to continue on with this expedition. After much
thought and prayer, Larry and his team of doctors decided that he should
continue on to his dream.
Rigsby said that he feels
strong and that he is overwhelmed with gratitude and very excited that he will
be able to continue on with his expedition. Larry said he will approach this
climb the same way he has life . . . one day at a time. It is evident that
Larry is entirely grateful for life and to have this opportunity. It is this
attitude of gratitude that clearly keeps things in focus for Larry.
Larry said, "climbing Mt.
Everest is the challenge of a life time." Rigsby said that he feels very
focused and alive in the mountains and that climbing is a spiritual journey.
Larry said he climbs for his family and himself. He said that if he could
impart anything in his children by his climbing that it would be to teach them
to live life and embrace their fears . . . not to just sit on the sidelines.
Larry clearly adheres to the philosophy that a a good life is a life well
Larry, a devoted family man,
said that without the support of his family, especially his wife and best
friend, Virginia, that none of this would be possible. Larry extends thanks to
all of his family. As the patriarch of a fare size lot, Larry has two children
and eight grandchildren.
Everest 2006: Team No Limits