I am very proud to announce that my climbing partner and good friend, Andrea Rigotti summited Mt. Everest on Sunday. His dedication to this goal has been inspirational and his olympic training regimen has paid off. I am very proud of Andrea for this monumental accomplishment, We began on Muztagh Ata together in 2011 and climbed Cho Oyu as a team last year. Andrea embodies perseverance and focus and I congratulate him on his hard fought victory. Andrea climbed the North route with Arnold Coster Expeditions. He was accompanied by our mutual friend, Rasmus Kragh who made an oxygenless attempt and got within 250 meters of Everest summit before being turned back by weather.