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Dave Hahn summits Everest for the 11th time

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm with No Comments »
May 23, 2009 4:41 pm

Dave Hahn, an Ashford-based mountain guide, extended his record for trips to the top of Mount Everest on Friday night by summiting the 29,035-foot-high peak for the 11th time.

No non-Sherpa climber has climbed the mountain more.

Hahn has guided for Rainier Mountaineering Inc. since 1986 and has participated in climbing expeditions all over the world.

He also holds the record for climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Vinson Massif, with 25 summits.

Saturday the party he led to the summit included RMI guides Melissa Arnot and Seth Waterfall and cameraman Kent Harvey.

This was the second RMI group and fourth expedition led by local guide services to reach the summit. Ashford’s

International Mountain Guides has place 30 climbers on the summit this month.

The Everest climbing season is now winding up and guides services successfully removed their gear from the mountain before a storm arrived, according to IMG expedition leader Eric Simonson’s blog.

From Rainier Mountaineering Inc.:

Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.(RMI) announced today that at 6:00 am, Nepal time, RMI’s second team of climbers reached the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest, at 29,035′. The summit team was led by Dave Hahn. Joining Dave are two accomplished RMI Guides Melissa Arnot and Seth Waterfall, and cameraman Kent Harvey.

RMI Guide Dave Hahn has climbed Everest an astounding eleven times, and holds the record for the most ascents by any non-Sherpa climber. A guide with Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. since 1986, he has received prestigious awards for rescue work. In 2001, he was named Denali Pro Mountaineer of the Year for his aid on Denali. That same year, the American Alpine Club gave him the David A. Sowles Memorial Award for his involvement in a rescue on Mt. Everest. During the winter months, Dave works as a ski patroller in Taos, New Mexico.

The RMI Everest Expedition is led by Peter Whittaker. Team members on the first summit bid included Peter Whittaker, Ed Viesturs, Gerry Moffatt, Jake Norton, and John Griber. All five successfully reached the summit of Mt. Everest on May 19, 2009. The first team will wait at Everest Basecamp until the second team is safely off the mountain. Peter Whittaker, son of acclaimed mountaineer Lou Whittaker and nephew of Jim Whittaker, who was the first American to climb Mt. Everest in 1963, led the first summit team. Ed Viesturs, the only American to summit all fourteen 8000-meter peaks without bottled oxygen, reached the summit of Mt. Everest for his seventh time.

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