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Ulrich heads for Mount Everest
Monday, April 05, 2004 -
Ulrich is leaving Monday to attempt to summit Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in Asia -- and the world.

By JOHN LA PORTE
Times Sports Editor

Former Fort Morgan resident Marshall Ulrich is headed abroad Monday.
The 53-year-old endurance athlete and climber is hoping to return to the United States in June with two more climbs in his quest to summit the tallest peak on each of the world's seven continents.

One of the two climbs on his itinerary is Asia's -- and the world's -- tallest, Mount Everest. He had planned just one climb this season, Europe's tallest, Elbrus, in Russia.
However, while searching the Internet, he found a Russian team planning to climb Everest from the north side. Some research showed that the team members were focused, very skilled and put eight people atop Everest in 2000 and 12 in 2003.

"They seem reasonably sensible, if climbing Everest is reasonably sensible," Ulrich said.
However, the northern route is more technical, colder and has more avalanche danger than the southern, he noted. Ulrich contacted the team and joined it for a summit attempt. It takes about 60 days to acclimate to the conditions, including extreme high altitude (the top of Everest is 29,028 feet above sea level), and hopefully summit.

He plans to send The Times e-mail updates during the expedition.
Ulrich had hoped to make an attempt to summit Everest in 2002, but the trip was called off. His first of the "seven summits" was Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, in Alaska in June, 2002. He has since summited Aconcagua in South America and Kilimanjaro in Africa. If he summits Everest and Elbrus, it would leave only the Australia-Indonesia area and Antarctica as the requirements for him to have all seven summits.

Ulrich is a longtime ultramarathoner who has won the Badwater 146-mile race from Death Valley to Mount Whitney several times and once ran the route solo, pushing a cart with all of his supplies. He started running as mental therapy when his first wife contracted terminal cancer and progressed to ultramarathons and eco-challenges.

Ulrich is working on a book, "Sole Searching: When Getting to the Top Isn't Enough." The book draws from some of his experiences and from interviews with people who have survived extreme experiences. One such is Aron Ralston, who was on the same team with Ulrich at Denali and summited the mountain later the same day that Ulrich's group reached the top. Ralston became trapped by a boulder while climbing alone in Utah and survived by cutting off part of his arm. Ulrich said the book will focus on what people who have survived extreme experiences have learned and taken away from their experiences.

Ulrich is soliciting funds for charity on his climbs. His charity is Religious Teachers Filippini, a group that focuses on education, food and shelter for widowed mothers and orphans. The charity is concentrating heavily on Ethiopia but operates worldwide.

Ulrich now lives in Idaho Springs but still owns a local business, Fort Morgan Pet Foods.

More information is available at Ulrich's Web site, www.teamstraydogs.com or the Russian team site, www.everest10000.net
(from the fort morgan times website)
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