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An Account of the First Canadian Ascent of Pethangtse Feb 25th

5 Feb 2010

Hope for the Nations presents High Hope, An Account of the First Canadian Ascent of Pethangtse at the Mary Irwin Theatre on February 25th. David Graham will be presenting on behalf of the expedition team, providing details of the climb, his team's experiences in Nepal, along with insights into the challenges they faced. The best of over 2,000 photographs will highlight the spectacular setting and amazing people of Nepal. Proceeds from this event will support the Hope for the Nations Young Adults Home in Kathmandu.

Fact Sheet:

High Hope Pethangtse was the first expedition to reach the summit of Pethangtse (6,770 metres) since 1984
The peak has been climbed only three times previously and never by North Americans
Team members were Stephen Graham age 22 of Kelowna, Colin McLean age 22 of Calgary and David Graham age 60 of Kelowna
The climb occurred between October 12 and November 12, 2009
Pethangtse is located in eastern Nepal on the border of Tibet and beside Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, three of the five highest mountains in the world
The expedition was supported by two Nepali Climbing Sherpas and a crew of 12 to handle food and gear

Event Date and Time: Thursday February 25, 7PM
Location: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
Tickets: $15 including all taxes and charges, available from Fresh Air Experience (#18 2070 Harvey Ave. or 555 Groves Ave.) and Valhalla Pure Outfitters (#100 2340 Hwy. 97 North)

Hope for the Nations was founded in 1994 and is a registered charity in Canada, the United States and Great Britain with its headquarters in Kelowna, working in over 20 countries of the world.

For more information:
Nick Arkle, Chairman of the Himalayan Section of HFTN
David Graham, High Hope Pethangtse expedition leader and HFTN volunteer champion ( 250-860-1715 home; 250-469-8668 office; mogulsbw at shaw dot ca)