7:30pm on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
In 1982, Pat Morrow became the second Canadian to summit Mount Everest. He then spent several more years becoming the first climber to top the world’s Seven Summits (highest peak on each continent) including Australasia’s Carstenz Pyramid. Pat lives in Wilmer, BC with his wife Baiba. His latest book, co-written with Sharon Wood, is Everest: High Expectations.
In 1986, Sharon Wood became the first woman in North America to climb Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. It was an astonishing personal and team accomplishment under conditions of extreme physical and mental duress. Sharon's climb of Everest was only one facet of more than 20 years experience as a professional and elite mountaineer, with numerous ascents of summits over 20,000 feet to her credit. Sharon lives in Canmore, Alberta with her family.
Everest: High Expectations
This adventure book tells the gripping story of two Canadian climbing expeditions that captured the attention of the mountaineering world in 1982 and 1986. In 1982, a team of Canada’s best climbers confidently trekked to Everest through Nepal’s post monsoon rains. Within a month, four people were dead and half the climbers had returned home. The much-diminished team salvaged the expedition by putting six climbers on the summit via the traditional South Col route but its mission was incomplete. Four years later, a second team returned to make mountaineering history. Not only did the 1986 Canadian Everest Light Expedition establish a new route on Everest without Sherpa support, but it also put the first North American woman on top. Combining a powerful yet intimately told story with 150 colour photos, maps, archival video and audio recordings, “Everest: High Expectations” sets a new standard for illustrated ebooks as it chronicles both Canadian expeditions’ quest to put a new route up the world’s highest peak.
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