My Everest Story- Ben Drake

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Mark Pursues His Dream

10/1/93 - 10/31/93

Mark starts to pursue his dream of climbing. He signs up at his first rock climbing gym.

Huascaran, Peru

08/1/1994 - 08/31/1994

Mark was the youngest to summit this mountain. He was 14. Mark reached a maximum height of 22,205 ft.

Mount Pisco, Peru

08/01/1994 - 08/31/1994

Mark was the youngest to summit this mountain. He was 14 years old. He reached a maximum height of , 19,029 ft.

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

12/1/1994 - 12/31/1994

Mark was the youngest to summit this mountain. This is the third-highest active volcano in the world. He was 14 when he submitted it. He reached a maximum height of 19,347 ft.

Aconcagua, Argentina

2/1/95 - 2/28/95

Mark summited this mountain when he was 15 years old. He reached a maximum height of 22,834 ft. This would be the highest point that he has reached, until a few short months.

Mount Everest

5/1/95 - 5/31/95

He climbed the Tibet side of Mount Everest. He was the youngest to climb it. Mark is the title holder for highest climb in his age category. His age category was 15. He reached a maximum height of 25,000 ft.

Mount Rainier,Washington

8/1/95 - 8/31/95

Mark summited Mount Rainier at age 15. He was not the youngest to summit this mountain. Mark reached a maximum height of 14,410 ft.

Ama Dablam, Nepal

10/1/95 - 10/31/95

Mark summited AMA Dablam at age 15. He was the youngest to do so. He reached a maximum height of 22,350 ft.

Mount Everest

5/1/96 - 5/31/96

Mark summited the Nepal side. He was the youngest to summit Mount Everest. He was 16 years old. He reached his highest point ever. He reached 26,000 ft. He would beat this record in 4 months.

Kilimanjaro, Africa

7/1/96 - 7/31/96

Mark summited Mount Kilimanjaro at age 16. He would not beat or meet any records here. He reached a maximum height of 19,340 ft.

Cho Oyu, Tibet side

9/1/96 - 9/30/96

Mark climbed the Tibet side of Cho Oyu. Cho Oyu is the worlds sixth-highest mountain. He reached his highest point that he would ever meet climbing. He reached 26,750 ft. Mark was the youngest to summit Cho Oyu. He was 16 years old.

Marks Dad dies

7/20/97 - 7/21/97

Marks dad died of complications from cancer. Mark realizes that he needs to forget his dream of going back to Everest. He returns to "normal". He starts by having an interview with his councilor, asking if he could get back into school. The councilor said, "yes."