Nebraska man eyeing Mount Everest
Cycle shop owner plans to reach the world’s tallest peak.
Robert Kay (Courtesy of KETV Omaha)
Geographically speaking, Lincoln, Neb., is a long way from the Himalayas and Mount Everest. But for Robert Kay, owner of Star City Motor Sports, the loftiest mountain is never far from his mind.
Kay, as reported by KETV in Omaha, is gearing up for his second attempt to conquer Mount Everest.
His office at his shop is filled with mountaineering memorabilia, including an ice ax signed by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person confirmed to have summited Mount Everest.
Kay's last trip to the Himalayas three years ago brought him enticingly close to his goal, but treacherous weather conditions 1,200 feet from the summit thwarted his expedition.
"The night that I was heading to the summit was supposed to be good weather," Kay said.
But raging winds and eye-freezing temperatures ended the attempt.
"I thought 'someone's going to go blind, someone's going to get killed. This is not a good place to be,'" he said.
Kay noted that if he had decided to continue to climb that day, he and his fellow mountaineers wouldn't have gotten a view from the roof of the world because of the blizzard conditions.
So Kay is heading back to Mount Everest in two weeks to claim that rarest of vistas, something he anticipates will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
"You get quite emotional at the top of the mountain, and I'm sure that'll happen again. Probably more so because it's the most important mountain to me," Kay said.
He practiced for this by climbing hay stacks in Nebraska .
God for bid if he plants an "N" flag at the summit , I'll go up and take it down .