Dijmarescu swam the Danube River, jumped from a moving train and made his way
alone through the Alps to escape the brutality of communist Romania under
Nicolae Ceausescu. Eventually the defector made his way to Hartford,
Connecticut’s West End. On a whim, with no mountaineering experience or
equipment, Dijmarescu attempted a mid-winter climb of Mount Washington, drawn
by the New Hampshire peak’s reputation for ferocious weather and, perhaps the
fact that, as a survivor of communism, he wanted to have a special
relationship with the mountains named for the founders of American democracy.
Four years later – in 1999 – he reached the summit of Mt. Everest. He has
summited the mountain every year since then, once without oxygen. He has also
reached the summit of Aconcagua, in Argentina, the highest mountain in the
Americas, and Denali, aka Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America.
To date, Dijmarescu has funded his mountaineering career with money earned at
the home improvement business he runs and operates with his brother.
To offer support or
assistance for Gheorghe and Lakpa’s historic climb, please contact us at
Donations to: Connecticut Everest Expedition at Optimum Financial Box
290209 Wethersfield, CT 06129-9950
Lakpa Sherpa is now the only woman to have climbed Mt. Everest three times.
In 2004 she will attempt Everest again trying for her 4th summit. She will go with her husband
George Dijmarescu who will go for his 6th Summit of Mt Everest in 6 years!
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