Grand Haven, Michigan…Bill Maat, a member of the Borns LLC advisory board, climbed to the summit of the Himalaya’s Mera Peak in Nepal.
An avid outdoorsman and athlete, Maat has previously climbed three peaks, including Colorado’s Long’s Peak (14,247 ft.) with his wife, Linda. He has competed in the famed Boston Marathon seven times.
The highest ‘trekking’ peak in the Himalayas, Mera Peak rises to 21,297 feet—higher than Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak. The world’s highest point, Mt. Everest (29,028 ft.), is clearly visible from the Mera Peak summit, 18 miles away.
“Mera Peak is something of an ‘introductory’ Himalayan glacier,” Maat said. “It isn’t as technically difficult a climb as Mt. Everest.”
Nevertheless, such a climb presents plenty of challenges. The climb is physically demanding, temperatures are low, and the altitude is high. The air at the summit contains less than half the oxygen found at sea level. Three of the four other clients in Maat’s travel group did not make the summit.
“It was a wonderful trip, with great weather and great support from our Sherpa staff,” Maat said. “We enjoyed outstanding views of five of the highest mountains in the world: Everest, Kanchenjunga (28,169 ft.), Lhotse (27,940 ft.), Makalu (27,766 ft.), and Cho Oyu (26,906 ft.).”
Borns helped to sponsor Maat’s trip. Maat is a personal friend of Randy Borns, principal of Borns LLC, as well as a member of the Borns advisory board.
“I consider Bill my fitness mentor,” said Borns. “It takes great stamina and skill to climb over 20,000 ft.; Bill is most certainly an exceptional athlete.”
Bill and Linda Maat hope to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington (14,411 ft.) and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa (19,340 ft.). They live in Spring Lake Township with their children, Abby and Ben.