Update 05/22/2006: Will is attempting the summit right now!
Will Cross will have his
third go at Everest in Spring 2006. The expedition is part of The NovoLog Peaks and Poles Challenge;
his quest to climb the seven summits and
reach both Poles.
Last year Will
turned around at the South Summit. Going down made the most sense then and still does today!
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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