Lance Fox climbed to the top of Mt. Everest on May 21st, 2009. Fox was part of the Himalayan Expedition 2009 otherwise known as Himex. This is the expedition company that is highlighted on the Discovery Channel’s series, “Everest: Beyond the Limit.” Lance will appear on season 3 of the show, set to air this November.
Prior to his departure, he offered to take small items of importance to family members and carry them to “the top of the world.” Everyone in the Fox’s immediate family gave him something small to carry in a pouch that he had designated for such things.
After much thought, Lance’s brother Ryan decided to give him a Blauer Tactical S.P.E.A.R. System challenge coin that Ryan received from Coach Blauer while attending S.P.E.A.R. Instructor School in Green Bay, WI in the fall of 2006.
According to Ryan, “Not only is the coin important to me because I am fortunate enough to be a department S.P.E.A.R. Instructor, but I really wanted to motivate my brother. Mt. Everest is extremely demanding physically, but even more so mental. Even though Lance is not in law enforcement, (he’s a veterinarian for Alpharma Animal Health), I was able to tweak and apply the ‘Three Fights’ to his situation.”
Ryan continues, “I channeled your motivational words into him. At his emotionally lowest times while on the mountain, he would remember that it was his fight, that he was ‘point’ and continue to push on. I firmly believe those words of encouragement helped give him the strength to make it to the top of the world and back.”
Learn more about Lance’s adventure on his web site at www.foxeverest.com.