Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Please join Pat Morrow and Sharon Wood, co-authors of Everest: High Expectations, as they share their gripping stories of climbing Everest and reaching the summit in distinctly different ways.
Everest: High Expectations 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 Canadas best climbers confidently trekked to Everest through Nepals 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 worlds highest peak.
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 worlds Seven Summits (highest peak on each continent). In 1986, Sharon Wood became the first woman in North America to climb Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. 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.
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