Restonic licensee executive scales Mount Everest
June 1, 2010,
Lance Metz of Restonic South Africa holds Restonic banner on the summit of Mount Everest.Lance Metz of Restonic South Africa holds Restonic banner on the summit of Mount Everest.
Climbing enthusiast Lance Metz, 27, who works for Restonic South Africa, scaled Mount Everest on an expedition led by Sean Disney, a mountain guide and expedition leader who reached the peak for the second time.
Lance Metz is the son of Mike Metz, CEO of Restonic South Africa, who waited for him at a camp lower on the mountain. Mike Metz's wife, Viv, joined him at the Everest Base Camp, which is at an altitude of 17,913 feet, to show their support for their son.
With his successful ascent of Mount Everest, Lance Metz has now reached the summits of six of the seven highest mountains on the seven continents, the "Seven Summits" challenge that is a test of a mountaineer's skills. Alaska's Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, will be the final challenge for him.
While growing numbers of climbers have successfully reached Everest's summit in recent years, it remains a dangerous enterprise. More than 200 climbers have perished on the mountain, and Lance Metz saw the frozen corpses of at least half a dozen victims on his push to the summit, which is 29,029 feet above sea level.
He brought years of training and preparation to his climb. He and his father get up at 4 a.m. each day and train in a gym they built at the Restonic factory in South Africa. They are at their desks at the factory at 6 a.m., returning home at 7 p.m. after putting in a 13-hour day.
Lance's mountain climbing bug bit his mother a few years ago. The two, who share a birthday - Aug. 13 - together climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,340 feet the highest peak in Africa, reaching the top on Aug. 13, 2006.
But Mike Metz said his recent trek up the lower slopes of Everest was his first foray into the mountains. He and Viv reached the Everest Base Camp, where climbers spend time adjusting to the altitude. Then Mike Metz climbed higher, to the Advanced Base Camp at 20,800 feet. He stayed there while Lance pushed up the mountain, which he reached in the early morning of May 23.
"The main thing that goes through your head as you start reaching the exit cracks, mushroom rocks and the steps (near the summit) is just to remain focused on getting down and not using all of your energy getting to the summit," Lance told his father shortly after he reached the summit.
Mike Metz was jubilant upon learning that his son had reached the roof of the world. "This is something to add to the Restonic Hall of Fame," he said.
Back in the United States, Restonic President Ron Passaglia followed the excitement on Everest from the safety of his home.
"We all experience personal challenges throughout our lives," Passaglia reflected. "Restonic is happy to be able to share one of Lance's personal challenges, reaching the summit of Mount Everest. With his climb, Lance placed Restonic on top of the world!"
And then he couldn't resist making a point about his group. "It is our licensees throughout the world that make Restonic what it is today," Passaglia said. "We salute Lance and his team on their great accomplishment. Thanks for letting us be a part of your journey."