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Update as of May 17th, 2023

From Dr. McGinley: Unfortunately we made the very difficult decision to end our Everest climb early. We arrived at camp 2, felt great, but due to significant safety concerns we decided not to push to the summit. Our decision was based on a combination of overcrowding, weather instability, injuries, illnesses and limited margins of safety. The image below shows line of hundreds of climbers over a vertical distance of 3000 feet! Although frustrated, I did enjoy the adventure and experience. The Himalayan mountains are stunning and having the opportunity to hike and climb this region was incredible. I also can’t put words to describe the kindness and work ethic of the Sherpa people. The Sherpa work tirelessly to assist hikers and climbers throughout the valley. They put their lives in danger every day, without them, none of this would be possible.

Articles about his trip below:

Oil City & Cowboy State Daily


To track Joe's climb on Everest, click here.

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