“Our son’s text at 6:10 this morning read, ‘Standing on top of the world, Everest summit.’” They were joined by professional mountain guide Ryan Waters “and a guy from Canada” to reach as a group of five, Keith confirmed. Meanwhile, Bedwell became just “the fourth blind person to summit Everest,” Keith said. Still seeking to climb, Bryan, Bedwell, Neal and the group sought to reach the peak of an adjacent mountain, Lhotse, “which is the fourth highest mountain in the world (27,940),” Keith said about their climb Tuesday, May 23 (after deadline). If that attempt was successful, Bedwell “will be the only blind person to do both mountains on the same climb,” Keith said. “Lonnie is doing what he does for the Blinded Veterans Association. ... Not long ago he kayaked 225 miles through the Grand Canyon.” Bryan, Bedwell and Neal have climbed other high mountains worldwide
“in training for summiting Everest and Lhotse this year,” Keith said.
Photo courtesy of Karen Millsaps Hill and Keith Hill