Everest: fulfillment of lifetime dream

The fulfillment of a lifetime dream came to Bruce Parker on May 23, 2009 when he reached the top of Mount Everest. That accomplishment meant he had now climbed the seven highest mountains on the seven continents of the world, a feat commonly referred to as the Seven Summits.Parker will talk about his achievement on Friday, January 8, during a presentation at the Logan Tabernacle. Parker’s lecture is presented by the Tabernacle Concert and Lecture series, starts at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.Parker says mountain climbers like himself tend to agree that the mental challenge of climbing Everest is greater than the physical challenge.”The physical challenge is just hour, after hour, after hour of just slow climbing up through the ice fall,” Parker says. “You’re at high altitudes so you’re not getting much oxygen with each breath so you’re moving at a snail’s pace. Your lungs are on fire and your legs are burning and they feel like they’re full of lead and it drags on hour after hour. And you have to do that for five or six days in a row when you’re making your final summit push.”Parker will talk about his own interest in mountain climbing, about the process of preparing for such a feat as Mount Everest and he will have slides to show that highlight his experience.

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