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Taking Risks to Reach the Top

Conrad Anker has explored the world’s highest and coldest points, climbing and exploring from Antarctica to the summit of Everest.

In 1999, he was also a member of the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition, on which he found the body of George Mallory, legendary climber who never returned from his 1924 attempt to be the first human to summit Everest.

Heading to the top of Everest takes more than a strong body and supplies. Your head can be your biggest asset, or your most dangerous obstacle. (Photo courtesy Conrad Anker)
Heading to the top of Everest takes more than a strong body and supplies. Your head can be your biggest asset, or your most dangerous obstacle. (Photo courtesy Conrad Anker)

 

While Anker has had many successful expeditions, he’s also had close calls and faced difficult questions of whether to proceed or turn back, based on countless factors, which brings up the question of risk. While there is always risk involved in such adventures, sometimes the biggest danger is your own decision making in times of stress.

Join Conrad and legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin as they discuss risk and adventure on a LIVE National Geographic Google+ Hangout Monday, May 2oth at 2 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. UTC).

Send in your questions for the explorers and they may be asked on air. You may even be invited to join the Hangout and ask your questions live. Submit your questions by:

  • Posting a question on Google+ or Twitter with #LetsExplore or
  • Commenting directly on this blog post below.

 

 

Learn More

Risk-takers Photo Gallery 
Quiz: Are You a Risk-taker?

 

Available From National Geographic Books

Buzz Aldrin: “Mission to Mars: My Vision of Space Exploration”
Conrad Anker: “The Call of Everest”

 

Comments

  1. A Thomas
    May 20, 2013, 2:01 pm

    How do I get into the hangout? I would love to meet mr. Aldrin! :D

  2. Adrienne Tish
    Palm Bay, FL
    May 20, 2013, 11:29 am

    What’s the world look like from up there (ie. the Moon or Everest)? Have your experiences made you have a more positive or negative mindset about the capabilities of our human race?

  3. Dorjay Ladakhi
    Ladakh Himalaya
    May 17, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Wisdom a product of Adventure !

  4. Nick Rose
    Los Angeles, California
    May 17, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I have always been impressed with the professional manner in which the 1999 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition handled the excavation, recovery and disposition of artifacts from the 1924 Everest expedition. My question for Conrad is….. Do you think Andrew Irvine is still somewhere up there on the North Face, and if so, do you worry that future search expeditions might not be so professional in their approach should they find him?