Canadian Urszula Tokarska is
trying again to become the first Canadian woman to climb the highest mountains
on the world's seven continents. Last year her climb was a tribute to two
close personal friends, climber Richard Barryman who died in 1998 while
tramping in Ball Pass near Mount Cook in New Zealand and climber Franz Waibel
who died two years later while climbing Mount Athabaska in Alberta," said
Tokarska, from camp four. "I am pursuing their dream to reach the top of the
legendary Mount Everest."
Tokarska attempted Everest last year on a New Zealand
commerical expedition but failed to summit. Tokarska started high altitude
climbing in 1998, with a Mount Everest Base Camp trek. Since that time, she
has lost two friends in back-to-back climbing accidents. The decision to climb
all seven mountains was made in 2002 as a tribute to Richard Barryman and
Franz Waibel, and has turned into a quest to be the first Canadian woman to
climb seven summits.
In 2001, she climbed South America's Aconcagua (6,962 metres).
The following year, she climbed Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres)
followed by Europe's Mount Elbrus (5,642 metres). "Urszula
is not only one of the most creative designers I know, she is
also one of the most determined people I have ever met," says Stephen Pile,
Tokarska's business partner. "I have no doubt she will succeed in making all
Urszula Tokarska is a a
licensed interior designer, 41-year old Urszula Tokarska is a partner of
Stephen R. Pile Architect, a Toronto based architectural and interior design
firm. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Arts, a
Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland and is a
member of the Association of Interior Designers of Ontario, the Interior
Designers of Canada and the American Society of Interior Designers.
Tokarska was born in Slupsk,
Poland and immigrated to Canada in 1988. She became a Canadian citizen in
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