Alpina Melissa Arnot, first American women to summit Everest without oxygen
Melissa Arnot, professional climber and Alpina ambassador, became the first American woman to summit the Everest and survive the descent without supplemental oxygen.
Climbing the 29,035 foot peak’s northeast ridge from Tibet, the expedition marked the sixth Everest summit and Melissa Arnot had been trying to conquer the Everest without oxygen for years. She came incredibly close in 2013 when she and her climbing partner, Tshering Dorje Sherpa, made it to 27,900 feet, where they encountered an unresponsive Sherpa. She also travelled to Nepal to attempt an ascent in 2015, but the catastrophic April 25th earthquake ended the climbing season early.
On May 23rd, 2016 Melissa Arnot has finally achieved the goals she had set herself and been working hard on for years. During the challenge, Melissa Arnot has been wearing the Alpina Horological Smartwatch to monitor her activity and sleep.She commented “I use the Horological Smartwatch as a safety tool in the mountains. Knowing my own data helps me better understand what I need to do to push myself to be better.”
Melissa Arnot has started her next challenge a couple of days ago. She will be attempting to climb the highest peak in all 50 states in 50 days this summer.