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MAY 10, 2010: 20th Anniversary of American Everest-Lhotse Expedition

Posted on: May 10th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Twenty years ago today, the American Everest-Lhotse expedition team, led by AAC Past President Glenn Porzak, stood on the summit of Mt. Everest. Shut down by weather in both 1981 and 1989, this was Glenn’s third and successful attempt. He and team members gathered last night at AAC HQ in Golden, CO to celebrate the trip, which included the first American ascent of Lhotse by two of the group (Wally Berg and Scott Fischer) as well as the accomplishment of being the first team to climb two 8,000 meter peaks in the same expedition. Team members included Glenn Porzak, Dana Coffield, Brent Manning, Wally Berg, Scott Fischer, Michael Browning, Peter Athens, Andrew Lapkass, Ron Crotzer, Dr. Charles Jones, Ang Jangbu Sherpa, Nima Tashi Sherpa and Dawa Nru Sherpa.

Glenn Porzak’s slide show of pictures recounting the trip will be available soon (here!), but in the meantime, check out an interview with him about his summit day on Everest:

Glenn, a longtime member and supporter of the AAC, has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, is the first man known to have climbed the 100 highest peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, and has completed all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. Glenn served as the president of the AAC from 1989-1991.

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