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Everest 2011 Canadian Team, April 14 Update

Everest Canadian Team Phil Bota, Manny Pizarro and Steve Barahona are proceeding today towards the  Pengboche Monastery. The team continues despite heavy snow in the valley.  The temperature has dropped considerably but their sleep patterns remain undisturbed by the altitude or cold.  This is expected to change as they move higher and higher on the mountain.. They will stop by at the Pengboche Monestary today and meet Head Lama Geshi and receive his blessing for their journey.  Yesterday we had an amazing honor to meet Apa Sherpa , The man who holds the record for Everest Summits at 20 successful attempts. It was a privilege to share a cup of tea with him. We take this as a good omen of our journey. Apa will attempt his 21 summit with Asian Trek.  We will be communicating with him from the North Side with our friend Nima Sherpa and may be coordinate a meet at the summit. Sherpas are truly the real heroes of the Mountains.  Without their support we could not achieve this lofty goal.
 Manny Pizarro, Team Leader 
 

Earlier:

Canadian, Manuel Pizarro from Montreal, has departed towards the Base Camp of Mount Everest today, leading a team from Red Deer Alberta. The group is comprised of  climbers Phil Bota and Steve Barahona.  The Alberta pair hired Pizarro in order to assist their summit bid this upcoming May. After 3 weeks of acclimatization on the south, the team will head towards the North Face of Everest attempting a summit bid the week of May 21. Pizarro who has summited the great Icon twice before says his duty and objective is to keep the team safe during their ascent and the decent.

“Most high altitude deaths occur on the way down, climbers are spent, they gave it all they had, and they’ve been too high too long, my job is to keep them focused and possibly abort the expedition if conditions become unsound. Mother Nature does have a say in this game so we have to listen to reason.”
The group is raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. This endeavor is fueled by the fact that Bota’s father passed away in 2001 from heart failure. Bota feels compelled to honor his father’s life by doing something meaningful and that will help him and others grow. “I’m not going to Everest because I have a death wish, I am still grieving and trying to come to term with my fathers passing. I want people to know that it’s important to stay healthy and to check in with your doctor once in while… It could save your life.”
Also on the team is Advanced Life Care Paramedic Steve Barahona. “For me Everest represents the pinnacle of mental and physical endurance so I just have to try it. I value fitness thus I want to inspire in young men and women the desire to put their health and fitness first.”
Pizarro, who has been sponsored by Québec firm Premiertech, if successful, will set a Canadian record by becoming the first person to climb the great “Chomolungma, Mother goddess of the Earth” three times.

 

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