Gallaudet University alumni Scott Lehmann, ’12 & G-’15, and Shayna Unger, ’14 & G-’17, summited Mount Everest (29,032 feet) on May 22 — then summited adjacent Lhotse (27,940 feet) the next day! Their organizer, Seven Summit Treks, describes this as “an extremely challenging and physically demanding feat that requires a high level of physical fitness, technical climbing skills, and mental fortitude.”  
Scott and Shayna’s team included expedition leader Jenjen Lama, cameraman Migmr Dhondup Sherpa, and twin brother Sherpas Mingma Dorchi Sherpa and Mingma Tenje Sherpa.  

Shayna Unger and Scott Lehmann at the peak of Mount Everest.

Their elation was tempered by the news that another deaf climber, Muhammad Hawari Bin Hashim from Malaysia, whom they met and befriended at Everest Base Camp, had gone missing on his descent from summiting Mount Everest just three days earlier. Search efforts were unsuccessful, and Hawari is presumed not to have survived.  

Lehmann and Unger aspire to climb the “Seven Summits” – the tallest mountains on each continent. With Mount Everest, they have completed four of the seven. They will tour deaf schools this coming year while preparing for their next journey.

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