Oct 06, 2022 6:00 PM
Doug Pierson
Climbing Mount Everest

Doug Pierson may very well be the only William and Mary alumnus who has reached the peak of Mount Everest. The endurance, strength and lung capacity necessary to accomplish the feat are bestowed on a select few and, in fact, only around 3,000 people have actually summited. Pierson now has a story that his children will pass on to their children -- an unforgettable experience climbing the tallest mountain on this earth. 

On March 29, 2008, Pierson began his journey in Kathmandu, Nepal, reaching the summit on May 21 at 6:40 a.m. It took the team another six days to climb back down to Base Camp and return to Kathmandu.