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“When a Georgetown physics professor observed his lifestyles changing into mundane, he truly did whatever approximately it. This intriguing, relocating memoir records his quest to climb the top mountains and surf each ocean in the world” (Entertainment Weekly “Must List”).

In 1997, a Georgetown collage physics professor got down to scale the top top of each continent and surf each ocean. Over the subsequent 12 years, each break out from dying introduced him towards lifestyles.

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You may bear in mind me, I’m Gina Eppolito, one of many trekkers in your day trip. that allows you to have fun over a dinner, provide me a decision. I stay in Washington, D. C. , in Tenleytown. ” I traveled midway worldwide and met a person who lived simply 3 Metro stops clear of me? How not likely used to be that? I known as her again; i wished to move out, once or more, simply to make sure the chances. I’m sitting on the bar in Cactus Cantina, anticipating her to teach up, examining I’d picked up on my means the following. a pal instructed I learn a piece of writing approximately how altitude has a similar influence at the mind as consuming beer. It’s telling me that prime camp on Everest will be like ingesting a six-pack. “What are you examining? ” I shy away from the journal and notice Gina Eppolito for the 1st time at sea point, in highway outfits rather than a parka. “It’s a piece of writing approximately beer and mountain climbing. ” I close the journal and see her gazing the canopy. i glance down at it. while I pulled the journal off the rack I hadn’t seemed rigorously. the lady at the hide is just clothed, bursting out of her suit. “You learn Maxim? ” Gina asks. “I did today,” and that i push the journal apart. “Hmmm. ” she modifies the topic and issues down at my sandals whereas we stroll to our desk. “Why are a few of your toenails black? ” “Frostbite. It took me a section longer to get down the mountain than I anticipated. ” Over the following couple of months i might get so bored with answering that i'd paint all my toenails a deep blue. not anyone requested the query after that. It turned transparent as we talked that her existence was once so diverse from mine that we might by no means have met in D. C. We didn’t visit a similar indicates, or bars, or eating places. We didn’t belong to an identical health club. We didn’t have any pals in universal. we'd by no means have met in any of the methods humans commonly meet in a urban. Our paths might by no means have crossed if she hadn’t been on my trek on Everest. i presumed via simply how not going that used to be. approximately 10000 humans went on treks within the Everest sector that 12 months, and we took fifty-three of them on our day trip. Gina may have long past on anybody of these different equipped treks. the percentages of her being on mine have been approximately 1 in 2 hundred. What have been the chances of her dwelling in Washington, D. C.? She labored for American airways so she had a transportable profession and will stay anyplace. She desired to reside in a urban, yet no longer person who used to be too small, at the least 100,000 humans. That intended that the chances of her choosing D. C. have been approximately 1 in three hundred. She had made up our minds prior to she left at the Everest trek that once she back, she could close up and circulate to a different urban, her interest approximately D. C. absolutely happy. there are many neighborhoods in D. C. , so the truth that she occurred to reside 3 Metro stops clear of me have been approximately 1 in 20. placing that every one jointly, the chances of it taking place have been: striking. lower than a one-in-a-million likelihood. The accident was once remarkable; the percentages of assembly on Everest after which connecting in Washington, D. C. , have been vanishingly small. We walked out of the eating place and that i requested approximately seeing one another back.

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