COSTA MESA — William Burke has enough ambition to climb mountains. You might even say that he has enough to climb the world's highest mountain, back to back, from opposite sides.
At 69, the Costa Mesa resident will attempt what he believes to be the first ever double-summit of Mt. Everest in a single season. He will attempt to summit the peak from the north and south sides.
"There's only a short weather window in May when you can get to top, but the altitude just takes a lot out of you," Burke said.
He's been to the top before. In May 2009, Burke said he became the oldest American to summit Everest. He descended safely from the south side, in Nepal.
This will mark his fifth expedition to Everest.
"It's just fabulous," Burke said of standing on the mountain's peak, which is 29,029 feet above sea level. "Just the whole experience of being at Mt. Everest, even putting your foot on the mountain, is sacred to me."