Paul Hameister ('87)
Paul left on his trip on 1 April and was on the mountain for around 40 days waiting for the right weather window to climb to the summit which is 8848m high above sea level. Only a small window of about two weeks each year presents suitable conditions to reach summit (when the jet stream winds at the summit drop just before the onset of Monsoon season). Most of the time prior to the summit bid was spent acclimatizing moving up/ down to/ from progressively higher altitudes.
It took 6 days to reach the summit from Base Camp with summit day lasting 14 hours (mostly in the so-called “Death Zone”) on the back of 5 days of little sleep or food. Paul stayed on the summit for 30 minutes – just enough time to take in the magnificent view and take some photos of the achievement.
Paul has now climed the summit of the highest mountain in each of the seven continents of the world and is a worl acclaimed mountaineer.
Paul is Joint Managing Director of property developer, Hampton, specialising in Melbourne’s residential apartment and ancillary retail sectors.