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By Erika Armstrong

ISBN-10: 1933016140

ISBN-13: 9781933016146

“Ladies and gents, welcome aboard your flight. As you step onto my airplane, take a brief look into the cockpit. Yep, that’s me sitting within the captains’ seat, and that’s my first officer guffawing approximately how he by chance locked himself out of his resort room. bare. Again.

We’re either a bit ripe from flying for the final 5 days, yet we’re nonetheless smiling simply because we have now spent years and millions of hours education and dwelling an unusual way of life to be up the following for you.

For the following few hours, you'll want to flip your lifestyles over to us. It’s demanding to belief others, and there are moments should you don’t have a decision approximately being up to the mark. in the course of these moments, you’ll simply need to tighten your seatbelt and belief that others gets you thru the storm.

Our course at the present time will take you thru a section of my existence up within the air, and you'll see belongings you might by no means think. for the reason that i've been locked within the cockpit with males for a number of millions of hours through the years, i've been given a standpoint few get to adventure. that can assist you see a distinct standpoint, too, i'm providing you with a list to exploit as we movement alongside our path. it's going to take you from gate to gate, and whilst we’re performed, we'll have either discovered a bit extra approximately what it takes to fly.

Now…just chill out and chill out. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

Erika Armstrong has labored each point of aviation in her twenty-five years within the undefined, together with a global company airline captain. She is an award-winning employees author for Colorado Serenity journal and is a certified pilot columnist for Disciples of Flight, NYC Aviation, Contrails, Flying, LinkedIn, and enterprise Insider and is the landlord of cutting edge Aviation Consulting.

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On Christmas Day of 1997, Boukreev was killed in an avalanche on Annapurna. Which brings me to the rest of the lost climbers from my group: Rob Hall, Doug Hansen and Andy Harris. Doug Hansen, as I said, was climbing poorly. The year before, when he’d come so close to that summit, Doug had looked good going up. But when he turned around, he lost it and had to be helped down. Your body doesn’t carry you up there. Your mind does. Your body is exhausted hours before you reach the top; it is only through will and focus and drive that you continue to move.

Two of us, Mike Groom and Lou Kasischke, had exactly this pattern. However, other adaptations seemed to work equally well. Jon Krakauer’s resting pulse was approximately 110. Under stress, it promptly plummeted to about 60, then rose back up to maybe 140. When the stepping stopped, it dropped back to 60 and rose right back to 110. I had a resting pulse of about 90. When stressed, my pulse went straight up to 170 or 180 and stayed there. Soon as I stopped the two-step, it dropped to 60, and then came right back to 90.

This is the mountain’s distinctive white banner, highlighted against the cobalt sky, and a signal that the jet stream, with its winds of 150 to 200 miles an hour, is screaming right over Everest, as it does for most of the year. No one tries to reach the top in these conditions. But at one time in the spring, and once more in the fall, the banner fades. The ferocious winds lift off Everest, offering a brief window of opportunity for you to go up there, try to tag the top and then hope that you get back down alive.

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