Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Real Good

The boys ate and slept slept well, and had a great interview/story on WKYC. They are READY to go (maybe its the lack of showers for 38+days or so now, but that is only a guess). Raw!!

Brian was a bit worried about going back to 7500 meters to retrieve some gear today, so a FedEx is picking it up for 100$, and then they're leaving for BC. Hankbert is also heading to ABC today so they may pass each other somewhere. However, Dad and Uncle John are apparently heading back down to sleep at BC tonight so they will get to hang out there for a bit.

Some notes I heard from the long day. They clocked winds of 130 mph at the final camp which is just one of those super wind tunnels (Mt Washinton like?) that mother nature has created. Savage was a term I heard, along with brutal, I believe. Two litres of water were inadvertently lost during the ascent, allowing some discomfort on the descent. The frisbee rolled itself over the edge during a well needed/deserved congratulatory hug between the best of friends. The FedEx guy is actually a Sherpa and the comment was written for a young lady at BHS. Last, but certainly lot least, the boys were able to pay homage in a very beautiful way to an international friend they met along the way.

All in all, what a story! Your support has been so amazing!! The phones have been blowing up all over the place for days with such wonderful thoughts/comments/prayers from such wonderful folks. I suggest a couple large "gatherings" in the coming months to get to see all you wonderful folks in the same places again. Details TBA. The crew will have some wonderful words and images in the next few days as well. Peace and Luv

Ya did good Mum! Real good. They made it!! Your memory will live on with us forever. Happy belated Mother's Day!

To hear one heckuva interview between Brian and Paul Thomas at WKYC go to:
Thanks Paul!!

Another link from Jon @ Best of Everest, who said congrats boys, can be found at


Blogger jcipiti said...

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Just listened to the interview -- very nicely done! What a fantastic team effort you guys all put in over there -- thank you everyone for continuously updating this site -- it has been so neat for us to follow the progress. Can't wait to talk with you guys once the whirlwind has settled. Brian -- way to keep it raw! Enjoy resting and eating with your dad!

The Cipiti Clan

4:36 AM  
Blogger PW said...

Nice Hankbert reference Andy, maybe Brian should take another trip to the top just to show him what it's like up there. As for a gathering, time and place is all i Bubbs and i need. Hit the showers for gods sake.


6:00 AM  
Blogger PW said...

To anyone who hasn't heard it yet, I highly recommend listening to Brian's phone interview with Paul from WKYC. Just put me in a really good mood. This whole thing is just so awesome, i can't wait for the stories face to face.


6:24 AM  
Blogger sue said...

Your interview was so heartfelt-it was amazing to listen to! For the 100th time, I am sooooo proud of all of you... Oh,did someone mention a party? We love parties!
Justin's proud mom-Sue

6:51 AM  
Blogger geig said...

Beyond Words....WOWWW!! I'm with one of my 8th grade classes right now in a room engulfed in Tibetan prayer flags that we made and hung the day The Team departed for the Trip and we just finished listening to Brian's interview with Paul...the room was silent for the first time all I looked around, several kids' eyes were starting to well up (I nearly lost it in front of 30 8th graders!) They loved hearing about this epic, heroic, truly noble and spiritual adventure for the past 2 months....
Wow, still without the Words...
Awesome stuff!!

~Geiger and the 8th graders at CWMS

7:21 AM  
Blogger hbaur said...

"Well done is better than well said"
rock on you proud.
Love, Heather

7:39 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I will take a break from my incessant text messaging ang blog instead....Brian and Justin I am elated at your success! Rachel and Katie, I knew you had it in you to do more and go higher than you thought and I can't tell you how proud I am of you girls. I miss you tons and anxiously await your return to the Rankin Ranch!

2:05 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Someone once told me that Brian Oestrike likes it Raw! So proud of you buddy!

8:40 PM  
Blogger Dalene said...

Hey Gang, after listening to the interview I'm in awe of this incredible journey and it's profound purpose. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us lacking in your incredible courage that will most likely never experience what you experienced on that majestic peak. Honestly, I am now ready for my daughter to come home, with all of you, where I can see each of you and touch you & know that you are out of harms way. I am in hopes of having a daily reminder of this extrodinary event so that I do not get back into the daily routine of taking life for granted but rather have more respect for how incredibly lucky we truly are to have our health. God bless, Dalene --Rachel, please be in touch when you can...xox

8:45 PM  
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9:45 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Congrats Brian! It was such an amazing thing you and your friend did! You are in our thoughts and prayers for a safe journey home! We can't wait to see you and hear all your stories. Hi Katie! Love, The Mathers Family

9:48 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Fellas-mani mani congrats on making the dream come true. I love yall's success. Livn' vicariously with yall. It's all about the journey...yall fellas kicked it and rocked out raw. From the land of the hanguks,


7:38 AM  
Blogger SiouxFanInGopherLand said...

Hewitt and Strike,
I must say that I’m proud to be a cousin, friend, associate and occasional clmbing ptnr to you both. One heck of a job over there and you’ve both just elevated your climbing career into the next stratosphere (literally). Can’t wait to here more about it in person & get on some rock with you boys just like those Missoula days. I’ll be in Aspen….waiting….O Ya- Moonlight assent on Maroon Bells in the near future…anyone?? The tick list is waiting.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Lindsay Pearce said...


You are officially known as my brother who made it to the summit of Mt Everest!Brian you had an awsome interview!


8:54 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

hey brian and justin - great job and congratulations. everyone at my new job has been rooting for you and we were all so very happy to hear of your summit. you guys are awesome! definitely let me know when the congratulatory party will be because i will make sure i am there! peace and love, michelle

6:41 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

I am so proud of you guys! I just listened to the interview and it made me cry!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a wonderful feat!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I am so proud of you guys! I just listened to the interview and it made me cry!! CONGRATULATIONS!!
What a wonderful feat!
Katie Brown, lung cancer support community,

9:05 PM  
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