The two greatest callings we have in this life are to teach and to serve; the greatest of these is to serve.
In my original plan, I was to have completed the Explorers Grand Slam - Last Degree (see Project Description & Schedule) with my attempt this month to summit Mount Everest. Due to a medical issue, I did not reach Everest's summit. The medical issue has been resolved and I will return to Aconcagua in January 2020 to complete that climb to the summit. Whether I return to Denali and to Everest I will decide after Aconcagua. What I did accomplish so far I am very happy with:
In less than two years, beginning at age 62, I climbed my first mountain (Rainier), summited five of the eight Grand Slam peaks (Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Carstensz Pyramid, Kosciuszko, Vinson) partially climbed the remaining three Grand Slam mountains (Aconcagua, Denali, Everest), summited the eastern USA's and the Caribbean's highest mountains (Mitchell and Pico Duarte), and reached the North and South Poles from the last degree of latitude. This brought me to all seven continents and the North Pole in less than two years. The places I have seen and the people I have met have been amazing experiences.
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