Blind Descent of Everest

Blind Descent of Everest
Presented by Spartan Training®

You probably have good working set of Mount Everest facts from the book Into Thin Air and about how difficult (and potentially deadly) not only climbing Everest is, but climbing down. Probably absent from your Mount Everest facts is what it might be like to experience the climb the way Brian Dickinson did. And the tactics and strategies he used to survive and how you can apply that to your training and racing. 

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Adding Another Dimension to Your Mount Everest Facts

Picture this, you’ve just reached the Summit of Everest—a pinnacle achievement when you’re literally on top of the World… and all of sudden everything goes white... you're completely blind. Join us this week as Brian walks us down his “Blind Descent,” and tells us what skills learned from his time as a former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer / Combat Search and Rescue and perhaps a little luck, got him home safe.

Brian Dickinson's Mount Everest Facts and Strategies

  • Don’t panic
  • Focus on what needs to be done
  • Do more
  • Be who you are
  • Seek obstacles, don’t avoid them

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    0:00 Dr. L, Col Nye, and Johnny Waite introduce Brian
    1:20 Interview begins- “always climbing”
    2:50 Joe on Aconcagua
    4:00 Mental toughness of downtime
    5:00 Growing up on a mountain
    7:00 Climbing Everest solo with sherpa support
    8:45 Acclimatization
    10:00 Hiking in the “death zone”
    11:15 Completely soloing
    13:00 Time standing still on the Summitt
    14:30 Descending snow blind
    19:05 31 Habits: #8 Intermittent Fasting
    21:20 Interview continues: 24 hrs locked in a shipping container at Tahoe
    25:00 Navy Training
    28:28 Dr.L, Col Nye & Johnny Waite discuss Brian’s experience and what we can learn from his Blind Descent

    Related Link: More about Brian 


    Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

    Hosts: Johnny Waite,Colonel Nye & guest host Dr. L (Joe De Sena was running around Fenway & Sefra Alexandra was on expedition in the South Pacific)

    Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

    Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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