When South African film producer Sean
Wisedale summited Mount Everest
he was both disappointed and ecstatic.
His six-person team had prepared long
and hard for the attempt at Everest. They climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska, as a trial and
to build strength and endurance. However with some team members only
a few hundred meters from the summit five of the six decided that
they’d had enough of Everest’s infamous weather and abandoned the
attempt. Wisedale felt that he was strong enough and continued on to
the summit after joining a British team.
Wisedale is the fourth South African to
make it to the top of the world’s tallest mountain. As a member of
the Discovery Everest 2003 team Wisedale had hoped to summit the
peak a day earlier to mark exactly 50 years after the first
successful summit by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa
Wisedale was a day late, but elated nonetheless.