Footprints of legends - by Mary Clare for Thomas and all those who lost their lives on Everest in 2006

Footprints of legends - by Mary Clare for Thomas and all those who lost their lives on Everest in 2006

Posted: Jun 19, 2006 04:44 pm EDT

Remember Josh Fudge and his song "Vicious Peaks" dedicated to David Sharp a few weeks back? Josh's story stirred quite a few readers - including Josh. After his story went up, he mailed us: "I got a message from some misses who works at my school? Or something about some Greg guy from The Telegram who wanted to write about it...I was a lil freaked out actually! I'm not one for much spotlight yet..!"

Sing 1: Live your Dreams

Meanwhile, another email arrived, this time from Mary Clare Reinhardt. It read: "I was intrigued with your piece on Josh. His song about David Sharp was poignant and stated an important message." Turns out, Mary Clare wrote a song last year for the 7summits-club who her brother had joined. She followed the climb via the dispatches and says it actually brought her back to her love of mountaineering. The song was, "Live your dreams."

Song 2: Climb on

This year Mary Clare avidly followed Paul and Fiona Adler's climb, Harry Kikstra and Thomas Weber, and Tomas Olsson and Tormod Granheim's ski descent.

Now MC wrote the song "Climb on" and posted on Paul & Fi's website. "They inspired me beyond words. Their preparation, dedication and beautifully written daily posts were literally breathtaking. The whole world seemed to be following their dream."

Footprints of legends, Don't walk on by

But when she read the news that Thomas Weber had died, Mary Clare wrote a song for Thomas and all those who lost their lives this year on Everest, including Tomas Olsson.

She titled the song, "Footprints of legends." Finally, after the news came about David Sharp, Mary Clare wrote her final Everest song, "Don't walk on by."

ExWeb asked MC to choose one of the songs to publish and she chose "Footprints." Here goes:

Dedicated to Thomas Weber, David Sharp, Tomas Olsson and all those who have lost their lives on Everest, living their dreams.

Verse 1
This is for the ones, who lived a dream. Some have paid a price, made a sacrifice.
Some dreams end too soon, for those who risk. Even in this pain, the end is not in vain.
For they lived their dreams.

Chorus 1
Never, never give up your dream. Look toward the mountains. Pure and pristine.
And if you journey, on toward the peak. You must stay focused, on what you seek..
And step into the footprints of legends.

Verse 2
As you live your dream, do not lose sight. On your fellow man. He may need a hand.
If your stars alien, you'll stand on top. You will touch the sky. You've never been so high.
You have lived your dreams.

Chorus 2
Never, never give up your dream. Across the dark sky, one star will gleam.
Reach for the sunlight, and nothing less. One more foot forward, toward your success.
And step into the footprints of legends.

Guitar riff

Verse 3
Men have always dreamed, through history. Limits they will test. Striving for their quest.
One man had a dream, twas not to be. Yet he did achieve, because he did believe.
This man lived his dreams.

Chorus 3
Never, never give up your dream. The tallest mountains, seem too extreme.
Just keep on trying, you might succeed. Believe in your dreams, that's all you need.
And step into the footprints of legends.

Honorable men

MC ends, "With such a tragic season on Everest this year, I would like to also focus on the positive stories, the stories of greatness and courage. Apa Sherpa (16 Everest summits!), Park Young Seok (True Grand Slam and traverse from North BC to South BC!), Paul and Fiona (everyday couple who inspired the world!) and many others. Most importantly, the rescue effort of Lincoln Hall (a story of courageous and honorable men.)"

"But we must not forget the story of David Sharp which is really a broader story than the fact that he died climbing Mt. Everest. 'The desire to get to the top at all costs' attitude is a problem that exists beyond the mountaineering world. I truly hope lessons will be learned."

Mary Clare Reinhardt of Vancouver, Washington, USA, works full time, and is "extremely happily married". MC says she writes her songs with the melodies and the words at the same time. "You will not get the full impact without the melodies and instruments behind them." She started writing songs just after 911 and will be starting a music company to publish some of her material. This will be a "personal Mt. Everest" I will attempt to climb!

MC admits she has a secret desire to climb Mt. Everest "but realistically, I plan on trekking through the Himalayan region in the very near future." She did snow skiing, white water canoeing, water skiing and sailing as a young child. Growing up, she took up river kayaking, mountaineering and rock climbing at a basic level. She will be climbing Kilimanjaro in June 2007. "From thereI will take it one mountain at a time," she says.


"Some say that extreme adventure is too dangerous, that you might not live. But for the extremist, not to adventure is not to live." Image of and quote by Mary Clare Reinhardt. (Click to enlarge)
Last image of Thomas Weber, below 3d step on summit day. Thomas was a guided climber who became blind on altitude and died suddenly. "Be truthful to yourself and the truth will prevail," he wrote on his website before the expedition. Image courtesy of Harry Kikstra and the 7summits/7summit-club expedition.
Before his Cho Oyu/Shisha Pangma climb 2 years back, Tomas told ExWeb: Ill try to stick to the motto of the grand old man of extreme skiing, Pierre Tardivel from France. He said: climb what you aim to ski. But on Everest, something went wrong. Tomas mentioned long waiting lines and feeling very tired on the summit. He died when rapelling down an unfamiliar route. Image of Viking skier Tomas Olsson courtesy of his website.
Just like Tomas Olsson and Vitor Negrete, David Sharp had climbed 8000ers before and was an unguided climber. On his third Everest attempt, he collapsed after summit only one hour from camp. Close to 40 climbers passed him by, most from a large commercial expedition. Although he moved, sat up and talked on several occasions - no rescue was attempted. Image of David Sharp courtesy of
View over Makalu from Everest North side. "It was a bit eerie, when Pasang and I had left the tent, so quiet was it outside. I was used to the howling winds which kept us in the tent and in high camp an extra day last year, but now it was completely still outside, no wind!" (Click to enlarge)
Vitor Negrete had summited Everest before and made an attempt without oxygen this year. Shortly before his summit push, Vitor dispatched that he had just learned about his team mate's David Sharp's death, and also that the expedition high camps had been robbed. Vitor was upset and considered to abort the climb. But he pushed on and became ill after the summit. A Sherpa went up and helped him down to camp where Vitor later died. Image of Vitor Negrete holding a Brazilian flag in BC, c..
Image of a survivor. Lincoln Hall in ABC, 6400 meter, courtesy of Jamie McGuinness -
The Everest 2006 season stirred people all over the world. Canadian Josh Fudge wrote the song "Vicious Peaks" dedicated to David Sharp.