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  October 20, 2004 marks the twenty year anniversary of Phil Ershler's 1984 historical ascent becoming the first American to climb the north wall of Mt. Everest.


October 20, 2004 marks the twenty year anniversary of Phil Ershler's 1984 historical ascent becoming the first American to climb the north wall of Mt. Everest.  Throughout the past 20 years he has accomplished many firsts and is recognized as a world re-nown guide who takes people mountain climbing all over the world.

In 1989, Phil reached the summit of Kangchenjunga via the north side, the world's third highest peak.  During that same year, 1989, he became one of only a handful of mountaineers to climb the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent.  In 1990, he just missed the summit of K2 via the north ridge by a couple of hundred meters.

Mt. Rainier in Seattle stands 14,410 feet, Phil has climbed it successfully over 420 times.  Mt. McKinley in Alaska stands 20,320 feet, Phil has stood on the summit 24 times.  Most of the preceding successes have been while leading guided climbs.

In 2001, Phil set out to climb Everest again, this time with his wife.  Unfortunately they had to turn around just 1,400 feet from the summit.  Determined to reach the top, they returned to Everest in 2002 and successfully reached the summit and became the first couple to climb the Seven Summits together.  On that day, Phil became the first person to ever climb the Seven Summits twice.

Throughout the years, Phil Ershler has touched many lives and has made it possible for thousands of people to reach their dreams.  At age 53, he is still guiding and climbing strong and serves as a great inspiration for us all.

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