NFL Alum Mark Pattison Has One More Moutain to Climb
Many of us have been exercising to get ourselves into shape for our late spring and summer golf seasons. Hard work, indeed!
Our NFL brother Mark Pattison has taken his physical workouts to a somewhat higher level.
Pattison, 59, has spent the better part of the last few weeks at an altitude of 17,500 feet. He has been preparing to complete an accomplishment that has been nine years in the making. He is ready to climb to the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, and nearby Lhotse, the fourth highest peak, in a 24-hour period this month. If he conquers Everest, Pattison would become one of approximately 500 individuals ever to vault “The Seven Summits”, the highest peaks on every continent.
“My confidence has been building tremendously,” Pattison told USA Today last week in a call from Nepal where he and his team of a dozen climbers and guides were located. “We are checking off the boxes of the unknowns ahead. The way my brain is wired, I’m very much the optimist so I don’t have a scenario where I don’t see myself on top of both Everest and Lhotse.”
The singular challenge of reaching the summit of Mount Everest is daunting. It is estimated only 6,000 climbers have reached the top in the last 68 years. Unfortunately, more than 300 individuals have died trying to do so.
Pattison ended his four-year NFL career with the Saints in 1988. He had been a seventh-round pick of the Raiders in 1985 after he played his collegiate ball as a wide receiver at the University of Washington.
“Mount Everest really throws everything at you,” Pattison says. “Everything from avalanches to crevasses to ice walls that you have to climb and, of course, the altitude. You’ve got to know what you’re doing in order to have a positive outcome.”
If he is successful, Pattison will be only the second NFL alum ever to conquer “The Seven Summits”. Former defensive lineman Craig Hanneman (Steelers, Patriots; 1972-75) also is a member of that exclusive fraternity.
We at NFL Alumni wish Mark Pattison and his group a favorable weather forecast and a safe journey.
See you on top!