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  EverestHistory.com:  Klev Schoening


Despite having been a member of the US Ski Team and a remarkable athlete, Klev Schoening was a relatively inexperienced climber when he set out to climb Everest in 1996. Klev was climbing with his 68 year old Uncle Pete Schoening (a very experienced mountaineer), under the leadership of Scott Fisher and Mountain Madness.

Klev was successful in reaching the summit of Everest on his very first Himalayan expedition. He also helped his teammates throughout the legendary storm and tragedy that occurred May 10, 1996 on Everest. In fact, before the storm hit the mountain, Klev had found himself playing the role of high-altitude doctor for Nawang Sherpa, who was suffering from advanced pulmonary edema. Klev organized a rescue and carried Nawang from Camp II down to Camp I. At Camp I he was met by a rescue team.

After reaching the summit of Everest and losing their bearings in the storm during the descent, Klev eventually was able to guide himself, along with Gammerlgaad and Neal back to camp. Once in camp he was able to help describe the location of other climbers in need of assistance.

Both Klev and his Uncle Pete made it back down to base camp safely. Prior to climbing Everest, the highest peak Klev had climbed was Aconcagua.

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