Seattle Mountaineer Scott Fischer Remembered In Everest
Amidst an epic snowstorm on the world’s highest mountain, Everest: An IMAX 3D Experience (watch the trailer below) follows two expeditions, including one led by local climbing legend, the late Scott Fischer, a co-founder of adventure travel company Mountain Madness.
Fischer, who lived in Seattle with his wife Jeannie Price and two children, was renowned for ascending the world’s highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen. In his lifetime, Fischer summited the highest peaks on six of the world’s seven continents.
A mountain guide and climbing instructor for more than 25 years, Fischer climbed the world’s most challenging peaks and also introduced the intensity and the joy of the mountains to many. He was on Mt. Everest, K2, (both without oxygen) the Matterhorn, El Capitan, Mt. Blanc, Peak Communism and the Diamond Couloir of Mt. Kenya, according to Mountain Madness. He was one of fewer than ten Americans to have summited on K2 and the first American to climb Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest peak.
Fischer used his stature as a mountaineer to help raise funds for both AIDS research and the international relief organization CARE. In 1994 he led a clean-up expedition to Mount Everest (Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition (S.E.E.)) and also reached the summit for his first time.
In 1996, while guiding others to the top of the world, he summited on Everest a second time, and then perished in a blizzard during the group’s descent. A memorial chorten for Scott Fischer was built by the Sherpas in 1996 in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal.