Rutland, MA teen climbs Mount Everest – NBC Boston

The idea of ​​literally being on top of the world came from the whim of a Massachusetts teenager.

Ryan Mitchell, a 19-year-old from Rutland, explains why he climbed Mount Everest.

“I literally thought of the idea, ‘I climbed Mount Everest,’ for a YouTube video title, looked into it further, and from there, I don’t know, I just fell in love with it,” Mitchell said.

That idea – to document almost every step of his journey to the top of Everest – came about more than a year ago. Mitchell has been training hard ever since.

“Wachusett Mountain, going up and down, sometimes for 12 hours, with a 35-pound pack, just really hitting the legs,” Mitchell said.

He flew out of Boston on April 19 and slowly but surely made his way there, making sure to take video of the 42-day journey to the summit.

It wasn’t easy, but he reached the top of Mount Everest last week.

“I just started smiling to myself and crying – I realized about an hour’s drive from the top that I was going to make it,” he said. “I actually cried the most on the way up – tears of joy – luckily I never cried tears of pain, the tears of joy came flooding in – because you realize you’re going to make it.”

Mitchell estimates the expedition cost him $120,000, money he raised through his Minecraft YouTube channel.

“You train all the time, and you imagine it, I’ve imagined it so many times, almost every day, being on that summit and getting up there, and then finally seeing it as a reality,” Mitchell said, beaming at the thought. . “I just started smiling to myself and crying.”

Mitchell arrived back in central Massachusetts on Wednesday, and he’s already thinking about his next adventure as he continues to edit hours of video footage he shot during the expedition.

“It was definitely a unique experience,” Mitchell said with a smile.

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