“Everest was more hard work. Whether it was preparation or subsequent acclimatization. But it was more cold at the South Pole. You can’t compare that,” says dentist Eva Perglerová, who conquered the highest mountain in the world and the summit of Antarctica. What is involved in preparing for an extreme performance and how psychologically demanding is it to see the dead bodies of climbers on the way to the highest mountain in the world?
You can watch the entire interview in the introductory video or listen to it in your favorite podcast app. What were its main themes?
0:40-4:07 What was more hard work for the dentist and climber Eva Pergler – an expedition to Mount Everest or to the South Pole? Can anything compare to the feeling she experienced when she climbed the world’s largest mountain?
4:07-8:40 She completed the trip to the South Pole in -44 degrees Celsius. Is it possible to stay in such cold weather without harming your health? Has being a doctor ever come in handy on missions? What do her patients say about her trips? And why did she already try drilling with her left hand in the ambulance?
8:40-12:14 Why was her dream to conquer Mount Everest? About what a person must be able to do in order to complete such a hike and how it was prepared.
12:14-15:00 How a person endures a confrontation with death in extreme conditions and how he takes care of himself to avoid a tragic fate.
15:00-18:32 About how long the so-called summit day lasts – that is, the day of climbing to the top of Mount Everest itself. When did she have to use oxygen, what must a person have with them and how many people did they meet along the way?
18:32-20:35 According to Pergler, expeditions include discomfort and poor access to hygiene – how is hygiene on Mount Everest and how is it at the South Pole? What is forbidden in both places?
20:35-21:54 How do you eat on expeditions and what do you get as a reward when you return?
21:54-22:25 Which peak is she still missing in order to conquer all the highest mountains of all continents and when does she plan to get there?