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Doug Pierson

Doug PiersonAge: 37

Home: Seattle, Wash.

M.B.A. The College of William & Mary
B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University

Career and Hobbies: Previously with IBM Global Business Services
Left in December to train full-time for Everest summit attempt.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve- Lieutenant Colonel
Two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Deep-water scuba certified Divemaster

Oil painter and photographer

Sigma Chi Fraternity

"Renaissance Man" according to family and friends

Climbing Experience Highlights:
Seattle Mountain Rescue
Mount Whitney (three times)
Mount McKinley/Denali
San Gorgonio
San Jacinto
Mount Rainier (three times per year)
Mount Fuji (two winter ascents)
Mount Olympus (30-hour speed climb)
Mount Baker
Mount Adams (five times)
Mount Saint Helens
Mount Hood (four times)

Mountain Madness LogoDoug is climbing this year with Mountain Madness. Our thanks for their help making this blog possible.

In the lead-up to the May broadcast of Storm Over Everest, FRONTLINE takes you to Nepal to follow climber Doug Pierson on his first attempt to summit Everest. Pierson's journey will take him on the same route climbed by the teams caught in the 1996 storm.

Doug's May 24th Post -- Final Day in Base Camp
By Doug Pierson on June 2, 2008 3:20 PM | Comments (0)
Wake up and began packing, packing, packing, packing, packing. It's amazing to see how quickly you can tear down camp and get ready to go when driven by incentive.  The goal is for us all to hike out as a group -- members, Sherpas, cook staff.  One whole group, one team start to finish.  When we get to Lukla, our plan is to get the entire team onto one airplane but in the interim, we'll be pressing through the length of the 80 kilometer trail from Base camp to Lukla to stay in the same hotels, etc.  

Francisco's parents have been in Kathmandu since the 20th, so he's been investigating helicopter flights to save time, but man are they expensive.  As in, they can cost as much as $5600 for three people.  Not this guy.  That's too expensive when I have feet that still move underneath me. So as for the rest of the team we'll be hoofing it.  

All day, we packed.  Our gear, team gear, comm equipment, cooking equipment.  It all was packed up by the collective team, one piece at a time.  

dsc02727.jpgThat night, we treated the team to a special meal -- we (Bridey, me, Francisco, Willie) cooked the Sherpas and cook team dinner, kicking them out of their tents and setting the table for them in the community shelter.  We put out a deli plate, a giant vat of Thai chili, rice, and threw in a DVD for them to watch while eating.  Somewhere, Sherpas unearthed two cases of beer to pass out.  It was all great fun, even if they were extremely uneasy with us in the cook tent unattended.  At least five times, we caught one or two peeking in to see what was happening and verify that we weren't about to burn down the tent.  

It was a perfect way to close out the evening and the expedition, and they loved it just as much as we did.



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