Meet the First Dog to Climb Mt. Everest (Spoiler: He’s Adorable)

And what have you accomplished today?

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Rupee, a formerly homeless dog rescued from a dump by his current owner Joanne Lefson, is thought to be the first dog in the world to climb Mount Everest.

A former stray dog has pulled himself up by the bootstraps and created a better life for himself. A life that includes becoming the first dog ever to climb Mount Everest.

Say hello to Rupee, the formerly homeless pup who was found starving in a dump in India. His owner, Joanne Lefson, rescued him and helped nurse him back to health, feeding him a high protein diet of boiled eggs and rice, the Daily Mail reports. Now, Rupee is strong, healthy and capable of climbing mountains. He’s become the first canine on record to climb Mount Everest after trekking for 10 days with Lefson to base camp, 17,000 feet above sea level.

Lefson told the Daily Mail that her biggest concern was whether or not Rupee could make it through the grueling hike. But his vet confirmed that he wouldn’t suffer from altitude sickness since he was born in the Himalayas, and indeed, the pooch fared just fine. Before, his biggest accomplishment was probably being, like, the cutest dog on the planet.

 

20 comments
ppd27575
ppd27575

Now, if only the other Rupee would scale such Himalayan heights, it would be great! It's been sliding downhill recently

ak8199
ak8199

Time magazine you have just lost all credibility with this false headline. To climb a mountain is to summit!!! You owe a large community of mountaineers an apology for grouping this dog's story with that of successful summit bids.  I would expect some fact-checking from Time magazine, unless this is an april fool's joke.  Samantha Grossman you are a disgrace to journalism!!!


acockrum
acockrum

Actually, dogs have been seen at Mount Everest Base Camp before. 

http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2013/04/12/everest-2013-crossing-the-ladders-of-everest/

http://www.talkeetnapro.com/everest.shtml

http://www.everestnews.com/summitclimb2005/everestnepal2006dis05032006.htm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37824151@N00/52685794/in/photolist-5E2DL-37kkpU-cmNVU3-69J1PF-dXk9rS-7tgAnT-5y3Awc-4uuJqq-8B6vfv-8B9y6E-3hRELQ-apqx6f-4kRAuz-vMLzZ-e2CyAA-9jg1uM-8eGNyD-9CQCsc-dvEaGH-br2txj-7P8UGB-bDWzox-br29eo-br2Q63-br1RTy-8EbPi3-7PXAnK-br1Hs1-br1JbJ-br1Ngb-br1LRh-br2LsQ-bDWE4n-br2KiS-bDWwgv-4x1uWo-br2Nq9-br2QW9-br2Hwb-bDWykr-br2BGQ-4bRmLD-CM1s7-yaDW8-7MaSX4-8r8iY7-bqLuMH-aqV3wB-6TBXPF-4Lw36f-57qRic

alpinist
alpinist

Samantha Grossman should be writing for The Onion. Not only does the photo look photoshopped but apparently, to the reporter (Samantha), base camp and the summit are the same thing. Sorry Samantha, but you're ONLY off by about ~11,600ft give or take. Great job on checking your stories, Time. 

What's next, "Dog is first to summit Mons Olympus?"

KevinPalmquist
KevinPalmquist

Climbing to Everest Basecamp is not climbing Everest. This story is misleading. The reporter needs to get out more often or at least check their facts. If this dog climbed Everest then so did I...without oxygen and solo.

Danika
Danika

I feel better knowing he only went to base camp. It would be incredible selfish to put the dog's life at risk attempting the summit when the dog can not understand the risk nor the achievement. All a dog ever wants is love....(and food but mostly love).

TheBMan
TheBMan

What complete nonsense.  Don't reporters bother to check any facts?  Base camp is at the bottom of the mountain, not the top.  There are pet dogs living higher than that.  I personally ran into a dog living very happily by himself at a pass over 20,000 feet, just up the valley from Everest base camp.


sonia
sonia

Years ago, after the EBC trek, I trekked around Annapurna in Western Nepal. The highest pass was about 5,300 meters. . . 3 dogs followed me from the nearest settlement and stuck with me almost until I got over the pass (I tried to shoo them away, but eventually broke down and shared my food. . . a small price for the company. I wouldn't "take a pet" up there, but these were Himalayan raised dogs and followed me of their own accord.


DouglasW.Crawford
DouglasW.Crawford

Has anyone noticed that in the picture of Rupee he is 17,000 feet up on a mountain and if he should accidentally fall It looks like the safety rope only help him become the 1st dog to get hung on Mt. Everest.

wildlobo71
wildlobo71

Sorry, this would have been a world-wide known affair with pictures of the dog going to the summit... Relying on wording - climbing to 17,000 is all Rupee did.

I've taken my dog up many of Colorado's 14,000 peaks successfully - she suffered less than me on many of them.  But I would never take her on anything requiring any technical ability because I don't want to be responsible for her as well as me in a place where a situation can turn from bad to worse.


bbruck
bbruck

It says he hiked to base camp- nothing about summiting???WTF???

BrainO
BrainO

I sincerely doubt that Rupee climbed anything, base camp is about 11,000 vertical feet below the summit.

mauiwind
mauiwind

Rupee wouldn't have been happy if his owner had not taken him. And... his owner wold not have been happy, missing his friend. Besides, Rupee COULD do it. You might say, "He was born to climb Mt. Everest." 

It's not a story of courage, its a love story. One for the ages.


JohnStevens
JohnStevens

Dogs will go pretty much wherever their beloved owners take them.  I doubt very much if he suffered because of the climb.  He is certainly a beautiful dog.  Way to go Rupee.

didoroswartz
didoroswartz

Sorry, I don't get these "cute" stories that represent people doing stupid things. I was just reading today about the number of people who have died climbing Mt. Everest. Leaving their families bereaved and putting rescuers in danger so they can have their little ego thrill and a notch on their walking stick. This dog was put through that for what? So the Joanne could have HER ego massaged? Because she certainly didn't ask the dog.

LaLapinNoir
LaLapinNoir

He sure is cute...what a little doll! So pleased to hear he survived that climb...way to go Rupee!  Peace, Light and Love.

JohnPekrig
JohnPekrig

Funny but I picture him with a small cask tied around his neck.

ppd27575
ppd27575

@BrainO It's 29000 feet all the way to the top, he definitely climbed a hell of a lot! ;) It's a fun based article, I think the tagline "what have you achieved today?" seems to have put off a lot of people, eh?

martysmith48
martysmith48

Humans and their hubris - it knows no bounds.