Patrick Hollingworth

Climbing Everest

TEDxPerth 2013
August 2014

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Climbing Everest: Patrick Hollingworth at TEDxPerth

What does it take to climb the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest? Through photography, videography, animation and old-fashioned story-telling, mountaineer Patrick Hollingworth gives us an insight into what climbing Everest is really like.

Overcoming a fear of heights and a near-fatal pulmonary edema, Patrick's is a story of the value of teamwork and pushing one's own limits.

Patrick Hollingworth

Patrick Hollingworth is a normal, everyday person from the flattest state in Australia, who leads a double life as a highly accomplished high-altitude mountaineer.

Having decided early on that a life half-lived is a life wasted, Patrick pursued his love of the mountains and ultimately committed himself to an unguided ascent of the world’s highest mountain. After a decade of hard work and perseverance, his dream was achieved on May 17th 2010.

Standing on the summit of Mount Everest confirmed his suspicion that it is only when we move outside of our comfort zones – when we truly stretch ourselves – that we find out who we really are. What Patrick discovered is that you find yourself at the edge.