Martin Douthitt left Kentucky early this morning in a quest to become the oldest American to ever summit Mt. Everest.
It’s a long way from Jackson in Breathitt County to Katmandu, Nepal, but armed with Bluegrass music and a strong desire to climb his seventh of the world’s seven tallest mountain peaks, Martin is confident he can make it.
It doesn’t matter that a year ago he had both knees surgically replaced or that the trek to the top of Everest will take weeks of training and climbing at altitudes that reach more than 29,000 feet.
Douthitt told the Lexington Herald Leader’s Jim Warren, “I think I’m ready.” He’ll make the final push on Mt. Everest in May.
Douthitt told the newspaper he’s taking along 500 crossword puzzles, a Kindle loaded with adventure books and an MP3 player loaded with 1,000 songs. Bluegrass music will be with him when he reaches the top.
In 2007, when he was just 61, after climbing 5 of the world’s tallest mountains, he stopped in for a conversation on “One to One” to talk about his impending trek up No. 6 (Mt. McKinley in Alaska) and his desire to climb all of “The Seven Summits.”