Higher Calling

An Emory student joins the first all-US military team to climb Mt. Everest

If Nick Gibson 13PA was a latecomer to the United States Air Force (USAF) Seven Summits Challenge, he made up for it with a dramatic entrance. This spring, Gibson joined the first all-US military team to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest—the last of seven heroic vertical treks undertaken to raise awareness and funds for organizations that help the families of veterans and fallen airmen. At 29,035 feet, Everest was the tallest of the lot by about twenty percent, and Gibson came within eight hundred feet of the summit before turning back due to the risk of frostbite—returning home to Emory with his toes, and his pride, fully intact.

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