SAT MESSAGE: Manny Summits Everest!
Founder and co-leader of Climb High Expeditions, was born in Valparaiso,
Chile. His first language is Spanish and after immigrating to Canada in 1973,
he learned to speak French and English as well. As a young man, “Manny” joined
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets. It was in this environment that he learned his
first skills as an outdoors enthusiast. Paramilitary requirements of being a
pilot in this organization equipped him with reliable, essential, and
practical experience with summer and winter survival skills.
In 1985, Manny started his climbing career on the smooth slopes of Mount
Washington, New Hampshire. During these years, he merged his paramilitary
knowledge with his ski mountaineering skills. His experience as an extreme
alpine skier and ice climber gave him the confidence to challenge Mt.
Aconcagua in Argentina. It was during this expedition that he met Jim Albert
and both men became fast friends. Jim and Manny reached the summit on January
20th and 21st, 1995. Manny has since logged two more climbs to Aconcagua and
is soon returning for a fourth time with clients from Montréal, Québec.
In 1998, Manny reached the
summit of Surya Peak in Nepal (17,800 ft). He also participated in several
high altitude treks in the Everest region, where he familiarized himself with
the Base Camp and Kala Pattar Peak (18,445 ft). During this trip, Manny was
commended for his assistance in retrieving the body of fellow climber Luther
Jerstad who was part of the 1963 “All American Expedition” to Mt. Everest. Mr.
Jerstad unfortunately passed away from heart failure during the trek to
Everest Base Camp accompanied by his grandson. Dr. Cameron Bangs, a leading
expert in frostbite research, was present during the ordeal and personally
thanked Manny for his efforts.
Throughout the last decade, Manny has been leading expeditionary teams to some
of the tallest mountains in the world.
In 2000, he reached the summit of Mt. McKinley in Alaska
(20,320 ft). In April of 2002, he reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in
Africa (19,450 ft). Altogether, he has logged over five thousand hours of
expedition style climbing experience in several parts of the world.
With Manny and Jimmy, safety comes first. As they matured as humans and
climbers, they began to see and feel the amazing parallels between climbing
mountains and life itself. Although these endeavours are extremely demanding
on the body and mind, Manny truly believes that they teach human beings the
true meaning of determination, perseverance, teamwork, and conflict
resolution, and above all, the value of learning from our mistakes. Painful
lessons have taught them that to reach a state of glory, we must sometimes
fall from grace, rebuild, and start all over again. And at times, Mother
Nature was relentless with Manny and his teammates forcing them to retreat
from their summit bids as the only way to survive. We embark on these projects
because we love climbing and because we truly believe that our expeditions
help people look beyond the limitations of their distinctive challenge, be it
physical, mental, or educational. We aim to evoke imagination, courage and,
perseverance in our clients. While it is true that we want to quench our own
thirst for personal adventure, we also want others to benefit from our dreams
in realizing their own.
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