Awesome Guest Speaker Ian Woodall and info about the "Tao of Everest"
WED. SEPT 21st PROGRAM: The Tao of Everest by Ian Woodall.
In a totally unique program, Ian brings the triumphs and tragedies of climbing the highest mountain in the world directly to his audience. Between 1995 and 2003 Ian conceived, planned and led four expeditions to Everest. In 1996, Woodall was the leader of the controversial first South African Mount Everest expedition, during which one member of the party died. In May 1998, Woodall and his climbing partner were again on Everest when they encountered their friend Francys Arsentiev during her last hours in life. They called off their own attempt to reach the summit and tried to help, but because of her condition and the location, they were finally forced to abandon her. In 2007 Woodall led an expedition, The Tao of Everest, with the purpose of burying the bodies of Arsentiev and also of Tsewang “Green Boots” Paljor, who had died during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. Bad weather delayed the attempt, and on May 23, 2007, Woodall and Phuri Sherpa were unfortunately only able to recover Arsentiev’s body, and after a brief ceremony, drop her body off the North Face to join others in their mountain grave.
All programs are held the 3rd Wed of the month at 6:30 pm, at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida.
For directions to Leu Gardens, visit: www.centralfloridasierra.org
Door opens at 6:30 pm, with light snacks and socializing. A great way to meet more environmental folk and network!
Programs are held from 7 - 8:45 pm. A brief discussion of environmental issues precedes the program with info on upcoming, fun, outings!
*Admission is always free, and the public is invited — So come on down, and bring your friends!!!
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