Destination Everest

By John Collins Rudolf

“Gravity never sleeps!” It’s a bright morning in mid-April, high in the Himalayas, when Vern Tejas barks out this Zen-like epigram to the group of would-be Everest summiteers arrayed before him.

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Seven Summits

By John Collins Rudolf

The seven summits are the highest peaks on each continent, and the successful ascent of all seven is considered a unique mountaineering challenge.

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From Mountaintop to Global Health

By John Collins Rudolf

My father’s quest to scale the seven summits β€” the highest peak on each continent β€” began in February 2007 with an ascent of Aconcagua, a 22,000 foot Andean peak that straddles the borders of Chile and Argentina. The climb apparently gave John Curtis Rudolf ’70 the incurable case of summit fever that led him to the slopes of Mount Everest three years later.

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