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Saturday, May 23, 2009

What Does It Take to Climb Mount Everest?

I am a big proponent of introducing students to sports and recreational activities that they can pursue for a lifetime. As some long-time readers of this blog know, one of my life dreams/ goals is to climb in the Himalaya. For the last six weeks I've been following along as America's premier Himalayan climber, Ed Viesturs, records and posts video dispatches to YouTube from Mount Everest basecamp. Viesturs was successful in ascending Everest for the seventh time. You can watch all of the dispatches on the First Ascent channel on YouTube. In the video below you will see Ed Viesturs, Peter Whitaker (nephew of Jim Whitaker the first American to summit Everest), and Dave Hahn on top of Mount Everest.


Applications for Education
Health and Physical Education teachers looking for a way to pique students' interest in a healthy, active, lifetime pursuit may want to consider showing some of these clips to their students.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
360 Degree View from the Peak of Mount Everest
Exploring Mount Everest Lesson Plans
PE Zone - Lesson Plans and More for PE Teachers