Mount Everest is waiting for our winner and three of his lucky friends. Michael Gallagher’s name was randomly chosen from tens of thousands of entries to win the adventure of a lifetime: a trip for four to Everest base camp. Gallagher and his companions will spend 15 days following the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the greatest mountain in the world. Gallagher was able to quell his excitement long enough to answer a few of our questions.
Why did you want to win a trip to Mount Everest?
Michael Gallagher: I love to travel, and it has always been a dream to travel to the Himalayan Mountains, and surrounding area.
Who will you bring and why?
My siblings! They have always pushed me to succeed and also don’t mind having a good time.
What are you most excited to see or do during the trip?
I am excited to be in Mount Everest’s shadow, spend time in a different culture, and experience all I can on a trip of a lifetime.
Tell us about the three most essential pieces of gear you will pack for the trip.
Comfortable and WARM boots, technical outerwear, and a camera!
Who or what most inspires you to pursue adventure?
My mother inspires me to be adventurous, whether it is skydiving, snowboarding, hiking, or even bizarre food. Since I was a kid she has been pushing me to explore the world and what it has to offer.