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GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK. Last night I had a dinner with a good friend of mine, Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL, part of Seal Team 8 that -- or is it Seal Team 10, Stu?
GLENN: Yeah, Seal Team 10. His brother I think is an 8. And he wrote the book The Lone Survivor which if you haven't read, it's just a remarkable story. These SEALs are amazing. We were having dinner and he was telling me, "Oh, yeah, I jumped out of a plane at 29,000 feet and I did this and, you know, you only pull your parachute when you're doing that high altitude, you only pull your parachute about 800 feet from the ground." I'm thinking to myself, I'd be dead. There's just no way I would do any of these -- he's talking about big picked up by the submarine, you throw this band around it. It's just bizarre what these people do and they do it all the time. All the time the SEALs are out. Another good friend of mine, Michael Kobold is in the studio. How are you?
KOBOLD: Hi, Glenn, how are you?
GLENN: You're a watchmaker. In case anybody doesn't know, Kobold watches, I wear Kobold watches. They are the only ones -- are you completely made now in America?
KOBOLD: No, not completely but close to 89% by value.
GLENN: This is -- and so many people don't know this. We stopped making watches a long time ago and Michael is a German who came over here and now is working over here and living over here, and are you an American yet?
KOBOLD: I'm not American. I'm here on a Visa. I'm German.
GLENN: All right. So -- but he's making watches, bringing them back here to America, makes them in Pittsburgh and they're great watches. In fact, the 24 watch which I have which is the one that was made for Kiefer Sutherland for the TV show 24 is the one I wear.
KOBOLD: That's right.
GLENN: And the SEALs wear his watches and everything else, great watches. Anyway, you are raising funds for the Navy SEALs?
KOBOLD: Yeah, in a roundabout way. So most people set up, you know, bake sales and lemonade stands, but the SEALs need a lot of money and this is not for the SEALs directly. It's for the Navy SEALs' families. If they get wounded or injured when killed in action, their families are taken care of by a fund called the Navy SEAL warrior fund. Which is a private institution and they raise money for these guys so that their families are taken care of when they can't take care of them anymore.
GLENN: And how are you raising money?
KOBOLD: Well, I'm climbing Mt. Everest in April and in May from Will Cross from Pittsburgh.
GLENN: Oh, in April and in May. We're just going to miss each other.
KOBOLD: Yeah, it's going to be a little bit tough. It's two months on the cold icy mountain there and with the worst food in the world.
GLENN: So again how are you raising money? I mean, that's cool that you're climbing Mt. Everest. What are you doing?
KOBOLD: Well, the way this all came about is I climb Mt. Everest with friends last year but I didn't get very far and, of course, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the world's greatest living explorer. I had a week to prepare for this. I went up and I injured myself. I sliced my hand open. So I wasn't allowed to climb anymore. And then I support the Navy SEALs by various ways, we give watches away, we raffle them off and we auction them off. At one of these events a Navy SEAL commander, commander from Seal Team 10 said how far did you get up Everest? I said, not very far, 20,000 feet. He said, that's not quite the summit, son. And so I said, you know what, I'm going to try it again and this time I'll prepare. I'll take more than seven days to do it. I'll take, you know, three or four months. And if I get to the summit, you know, I'll raise the Navy SEAL flag. And then I thought, well, why not raise money for the SEALs that way, for the warrior fund. And so the Navy said, fine, we'll get a couple of SEALs together to train you. So I've been training on their base in Coronado Island in California for the last three weeks.
GLENN: That's insanity.
GLENN: That's insanity. Most guys are -- have you cried yet?
KOBOLD: Close to it. They chased me up the seven story high thing called a cargo net and I'm relatively scared of heights and I --
GLENN: Oh, so you're going to climb Mt. Everest and you're afraid of heights.
KOBOLD: Yes. I didn't --
GLENN: What the hell is wrong with you? 20,000 feet and you still, you have like bubbles in your head still? What are you thinking, Michael?
KOBOLD: Well, it's not that scary on the mountain. The scariest part is crossing these ice ladders through the consume boom ice pool which is --
GLENN: Oh, I hate that part, the Khumbu ice fault. I hate that. That's the worst part of it.
KOBOLD: That is.
GLENN: I think anybody you talk to says the mountain's not that bad, but the Khumbu ice fault. What exactly, what is an ice ladder?
KOBOLD: Well, it's basically just your regular stepladder and except for that it's tied together to two or three more stepladders by just a couple of strings and then you lay that across this huge crevasse and you cross the crevasse by climbing over the ice ladders. And you can do this on your hands and knees or you can do it by just walking over it with your crampons attached to your boots and you fall --
GLENN: Your crap-ons?
KOBOLD: Crampons, crampons. They are these metal things to attach to your boots to make sure you can walk on ice.
GLENN: Oh, I thought it was for when you crapped on ice.
KOBOLD: In fact, when you go to the summit, you wear diapers, a lot of guys wear diapers because you are climbing for, you know, 12 to 18 hours straight.
GLENN: Yeah, I could hold it for 12 to 18 hours, but I don't, I don't think I would because how far is the fall if you fall through the ladder, the ice ladder?
KOBOLD: It depends. I mean, it could be as little as 30 feet and as much as 100, 150 feet. But there is a line that you can hold onto. It's just for how long. That's the problem. So they are teaching me on Coronado how to hold onto all sorts of things and one of the ways is to lock your arms, that way you are not straining your muscles.
GLENN: Are you going back to Coronado to train with the SEALs?
KOBOLD: I am indeed. I'm flying out on Friday.
GLENN: Good, because I know we have a lot of SEAL listeners to the program there in the San Diego area.
GLENN: Make Michael cry like a little girl. Make him cry. (Laughing). All right. So if somebody wants to get involved, I mean, how are you raising money?
KOBOLD: Well, we've set up a website. There is the official Navy SEAL warrior fund website which you can Google, look up online, and you can make donations straight to them. And we have a website that tracks my progress and my expedition's progress which is www.Everest-challenge.com, and it's pretty cool. We'll have live updates from the mountain as we climb up and Sir Ranulph Fiennes is coming with us this time with a BBC camera to film us doing this.
GLENN: You have to call us when you get to the very top. You have to call.
KOBOLD: Absolutely, I will.
GLENN: We'll get you the phone number. Call us on your satellite phone.
KOBOLD: I can't agree we'll have such a clear connection as in the studio.
GLENN: Well, there's already -- you won't give a flying crap. You'll just be like, "Help, help." You know, the worst part I would imagine climbing Everest is then you get up to the top and you're like, oh, crap, now I've got to go all the way down.
KOBOLD: Yeah, that's the hardest part because you get elated and you get excited that you've made it to the summit and now you've got to go all the way back down to safety because most people when they die, they usually die on the way back.
GLENN: Have you thought about bringing a sled?
KOBOLD: No such luck.
GLENN: Michael Kobold, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again. Next time I talk to you, we'll talk to you I guess from Everest.
KOBOLD: Sounds good. Thanks for having me, Glenn.
GLENN: You bet. We'll have all the information, we'll send it in the free e-mail newsletter today. You can sign up for that at GlennBeck.com, free e-mail newsletter today, help the Navy SEAL.