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Journey to the top of the world

Native son left the tropics to scale Nepal's Mount Everest

Chad Gaston couldn’t be farther from his balmy life in the tropics than he is right now.

Some might call him a bit balmy: The 1998 Oregon High School grad, who owns a surf shop in warm, sunny Costa Rica, was all set this morning to summit the highest mountain on the planet, Mount Everest in the Himalayas (where, it must be noted, the temperature never rises above freezing, and this time of year, hovers around 0).

Gaston, 39, is one of a team of eight expected to reach the summit around 10 a.m. Wednesday. The plan was to return to camp 12 hours later.

He is chronicling his 2-month journey climbing glaciers, dodging avalanches, riding out ice storms and just generally thumbing his nose at death on his Facebook page and in a blog.

Gaston, son of White Pines Resort President Elizabeth George of Mount Morris, is an experienced climber and adventurer who owns the Iguana Surf shop in Tamarindo with his sister, Lindsey Gaston, 37.

Find him on Facebook or go to frostyoneverest.home.blog to read all about his expedition – including the joys of snoring, peeing, and battling a sinus infection at high altitudes – and to view some stunning photos.

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