CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 11/29/17
According to the West Virginia National Guard Facebook page, Sgt. 1st Class David Casteel has reached Everest Base Camp, the highest point of his journey.
Everest Base Camp is 17,598 feet in altitude.
In a message on Facebook, Casteel said, "On this day in Casteel family history, November 29, 2017, David Casteel successfully hiked to Everest Base Camp (17,598’). I'd like to thank my guide, my Sherpa guides, and my friends who I’ve made along this trek, you all are a big part of this."
Casteel is expected to complete his trek on December 9.
A West Virginia Guardsman is taking on Mount Everest.
Sgt. 1st Class David Casteel of the West Virginia National Guard set off to achieve his lifelong dream of visiting Mt. Everest in Nepal. Officials say Casteel, a 13-year veteran working full-time at Camp Dawson, began trekking the mountain’s base camps on November 18 and will finish on December 9.
“I know for me, standing at the doorstep of the top of the world is a once in a lifetime experience, and I want to be able to capture that, even if just a little, and share that with my family, friends and coworkers when I get home,” Casteel stated.
Casteel began training in July to prepare him for the hike, which will take him an altitude over 15,000 feet.