As soon as we made two phone calls from Vinson, one to Mom and one to our new PR guy, Clay Abney, news of me being the youngest person to scale the Seven Summits went through the roof.
We returned home safely with no broken bones, no frostbite, and no major disasters. At age 15 I'd experienced more physical environments, cultures, religions, and ideas.
The day after returning home, we were off to New York again to appear on the Today Show. When Ann Curry interviewed us, Dad said, "I'm the proudest father on the planet to have a fifteen-year-old son with goals. And he didn't turn ninety degrees or a hundred eighty degrees away. He stayed fixed on it."
"I'm the proudest father on the planet to have a fifteen-year-old son with goals. And he didn't turn ninety degrees or a hundred eighty degrees away. He stayed fixed on it."
When asked if I was going to continue climbing, I told them we were considering doing they Grand Slam and that I eventually wanted to work in the outdoor industry. Meeting new people was fun, but I didn't want to be a celebrity.
We decided to do our own 50 state tour we called Find Your Everest. We actually began in New England the summer before Vinson, but I hoped to continue now that my summit quest was complete.
The owners of the campground we stayed in had heard about me and were so excited that it made me a little embarrassed. They invited us to dinner and treated us like royalty.