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Brian Cheripko

The Seventh Summit

Conquering Everest...

On May 22nd, 2018, WVU alumnus Brian Cheripko and his partner, Geneva Keaton, made the final push to the summit of Mount Everest – the last piece of an 8-year journey to the top of each of the Seven Summits. From their first expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Denali, Vinson Massif, and Carstensz Pyramid,they had reached the summit of the highest peak on six continents and they only needed to check the 29,035 ft. Everest off their list.

“We’ve been told by our guides that have done Everest that it’s about six to eight breaths for every step that you take,” Cheripko explained, “so you have to be able to deal with feeling like you can’t get a breath and at the same time,exerting the most energy that you have ever exerted in your life.” 

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