Dr. Beck Weathers told his tale of surviving the disastrous 1996 Mount Everest storm to an enrapt ballroom full of dealers this morning.
“I was largely buried in snow and ice and I was barely clinging to life,” he said. “I hadn’t eaten in three days and was largely blind.”
Weathers had been left for dead by fellow climbers and even a rescue crew.
He said he’s not a brave person but “was melancholy about not ever again saying I love you to my wife and the thought that I would never again hold my children was unacceptable.”
So he got up from the ice and walked.
He told the audience through tears: “If I can survive what is unsurvivable, so can you. You have to have an anchor. It can be your friends, colleagues or your family or your God.
“I traveled the world seeking what would give me peace and it was in my own backyard.”