What do Dan Akerman and Ben Stiller have in common? Akerman is a special risk insurance underwriter; Stiller played one in Along Came Polly. Jennifer Aniston’s Polly enticed Stiller to throw out his actuarial tables and take risks. Akerman’s siren calls to him from 29,029 feet above sea level. Akerman will answer that call sometime in May when he summits Mount Everest. This journey will exact every gram of mind, body and spirit that Akerman has fortified during his climbs of the past seven years.
Dan Akerman is now in Kathmandu and will update byteclay.com each week leading up to his push for the summit. The summit window is currently set sometime between May 6 and May 28th.
Here is Akerman’s latest dispatch:
“Arrived yesterday morning. Spent most of the day getting to know the other team members. Today I picked up our climbing permit from the Ministry of Tourism and met with our liaison officer who will see us at Everest Base Camp. We will have a Canadian film crew with us who are making a documentary on our Sirdar, Mingma Sherpa. Mingma will attempt to tie the record of 21 summits, with two attempts this year.
Tomorrow we fly to Lukla and then trek to our first stop Phakding, about a three hour hike.”
On summit day, Akerman will be wearing a SPOT tracker to automatically announce his achievement via text to his family, friends and byteclay.com. You will know as soon as we do… Stay tuned…