5/15/2014 at 7pm
On Thursday, May 15th at 7 PM, come take a journey to Nepal and Tibet, then climb Mt. Everest “The Hard Way” with mountaineer Ed Wester. In 1988, American mountaineer Ed Webster achieved and survived the Impossible. With three partners, he ascended a new, never-before-attempted route up Mt. Everest’s most dangerous isolated side in Tibet—and without the usual assistance of oxygen bottles, radios, and Sherpa climbers to carry the necessary food and equipment. Back in America, friends wondered how many of Ed’s expedition would be killed. “Give me a call … if you get home,” said David Breashears, director of the IMAX Everest film.
That Ed and his companions succeeded in completing this outstanding climb, and that Ed's partner Stephen Venables became the first British mountaineer to climb Everest without bottled oxygen is a testimony to human endurance and remarkable teamwork. Ed reached the mountain’s South Summit—at 28,700 feet, just 300 feet shy of the main summit. Then, somehow, Ed led his partners down a storm-bound, avalanche-plagued, four-day descent off the mountain, without any food, badly frostbitten, and very near death. Sir Chris Bonington called Ed Webster’s four-month Mt. Everest expedition “amongst the finest examples of survival in Himalayan mountaineering.”
Ed, Stephen Venables, and Robert Anderson were all frostbitten. Each climber lost toes, and because of his extensive photography on their summit day, Ed also lost eight fingertips. Ed’s Mt. Everest climb was published in a lavish 12-page story in the 1989 Sports Illustrated Superbowl issue. Snow in the Kingdom, My Storm Years on Everest, Ed’s acclaimed “Everest Years” autobiography published in 2001, was voted in a survey in Outside Magazine as One of the 10 Best Mt. Everest Books. This free program will be held in Laconia Public Library’s Rotary Hall.
Contact: Deann (603) 524-4775 Extension 11