Robinson's Kobold reaches Everest summit

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Michael Kobold, the watchmaker to the stars from Robinson, reports that he's reached the summit of Mount Everest for the second time in two years.

Mr. Kobold has been writing a diary of his 2010 Everest Challenge expedition, a fund-raiser for families of U.S. Navy SEALs, for post-gazette.com, and his second attempt had been plagued by bad weather and illness.

Word came today from Kathmandu in the form of a press release, which said in part: "Kobold, his wife Anita, Ang Namgel Sherpa, Thundu Sherpa, Dr. Robert Casserley and Kenton Cool reached the summit at 7:30 a.m. [Nepal] time. 'It felt great to be back on the summit. We are doing this to raise money for the families of injured and fallen Navy SEALs. Hopefully, this will motivate people to donate to them,' said Mr. Kobold in a telephone call after returning to Base Camp late this evening, Nepal time.

"Mr. Kobold and his team raised a flag depicting the Navy SEAL trident atop the summit in honor of wounded and fallen SEALs. Kobold, who is leading the 2010 Everest Challenge Expedition in support of the Navy SEAL Warrior Fund, was trained for approximately two months on the SEAL base in Coronado, Calif., ahead of his adventure in Nepal."

For more information: www.everest-challenge.com.



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