Back in May, professional high-altitude American climber, and Alpina Watches Ambassador, Melissa Arnot became the first American woman– and the seventh woman ever — to summit Mt Everest and survive the descent without the use of supplemental oxygen. Climbing the 29,035 foot peak’s northeast ridge from Tibet, the expedition marked the sixth Everest summit for Arnot. Now, just in time for summer, Arnot will be attempting to climb the highest peak in all 50 US states in 50 days this summer. On her wrist: the Alpina Horological Smartwatch.
“I use the Horological Smartwatch as a safety tool in the mountains. Knowing my own data helps me better understand what I need to do to push myself to be better,” says Arnot, who further commented on her outstanding achievement on Everest. “Climbing Everest without supplemental oxygen has been a goal of mine for a long time. When you succeed at reaching your goal, it makes you reflect on the hard days, the work and lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’m incredibly fortunate to have this experience.”
Fewer than 200 out of 4,000 climbers who have climbed Everest have done it without breathing bottled oxygen. Above 26,000 feet, in what’s known as “the death zone,” the human body can no longer acclimatize to the altitude. In order to function at this elevation, most people need to use tanks of supplemental oxygen in order to maintain circulation, stay warm, and maintain mental and motor skills. Arnot has summited many of the world’s most famed mountains, including Mt. Rainer.