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Fond du Lac Man Sets Sights on Mt. Everest

A Fond du Lac man is training to climb the world's tallest mountain.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) - Over the next year, Andy Land will be spend over two hours a day at the Fond Du Lac YMCA, training for the trip of a lifetime. His goal? The summit of Mt. Everest.

"This is gonna be by far the hardest thing I've ever done," says Land. "And I have to go into it knowing that."

The Fond Du Lac native is no stranger to climbing, having scaled some of the world's tallest mountains in the past. But this will be his first time above 25,000 feet, and his first climb where portable oxygen is required.

"Mt Everest, everything is so much bigger," says Land. "I've been at 23,000 feet but the distance between 23 and 29 is huge. It's not just 6,000 vertical feet."

His training regimen is already underway, consisting of thousands of miles of running and stair climbs. And did we mention he'll be 52 in March?

"That experience helps you a lot," says Land. "You don't end up wasting energy doing things that you don't need to do, and you've already dealt with kind of the suffering part."

The trip itself will cost roughly $40,000, but Land says the experience will be well worth it. The hospice-care professional says the lessons learned in climbing are applicable to every day life. 

"It teaches you that you can set a big goal and work toward it, and above it, and handle setbacks and keep working on it, because it's literally one step in front of the other. One step at a time. You can't climb the mountain all at once. "

Land plans to attempt the climb in the spring of 2015.
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