Larry Nielson

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Larry Nielson
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CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationMountain climber

Larry Nielson is an American mountain climber from Washington. He was the first American to climb Mount Everest without the aid of supplemental oxygen. Nielson reached the peak of Mt. Everest on May 7, 1983 with David Breashears of Massachusetts. Other members of the expedition who reached the peak earlier included Gerry Roach, Colorado, Peter Jamieson, Colorado, and the Nepalese sherpa Ang Rita. They were followed by David Breashears, 27, an American Broadcasting Companies cameraman from Newton Center, Mass., and Nielson without oxygen.[1]

The expedition leader, Rodney Korich, said, "His was an act of great courage... Nielson was taking a great risk going to the summit without oxygen and he knew it." This expedition was also the first ascent to successfully video tape their efforts.[2]

Larry Nielson was a school teacher from Olympia, Washington.

Years later, Mr. Nielson related a funny story about the trip. In the early days of climbing Mt. Everest, the journey to the mountain was arduous. The climbers were offered unique local specialties, including a type of aged egg with a partially grown chicken inside which was quite unfamiliar to the American diet. Mr. Nielson's class of students had gifted him a box of Snickers bars for the trip, and these candy bars often became his primary meal for the night.

He has also climbed Kangchenjunga, LaPerouse, Peak Lenin, McKinley and Rainer 180 times.[3]


  1. "Climbing Mount Everest: Larry Nielson, interviewed by Paul Madison - YouTube".
  2. "The first American to climb Mount Everest without oxygen..." UPI.
  3. " Larry Nielson".

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