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Ted Fairhurst, a world renowned adventurer and founder of daretoreach.ca, brought his incredible life story and positive message of determination to the students of St. Monica Elementary School in N.D.G. recently, encouraging students to find the strength to climb their own metaphorical mountains.
Fairhurst, a graduate of the English Montreal School Board’s Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School and the former Montreal West High (now Royal West), has taken physical fitness to a new level, highlighted by celebrating his 63rd birthday on Mount Everest. Over the course of one hour, Fairhurst shared with students and staff at St. Monica his trek through life, culminating with a riveting story which led him to the top of the world’s highest mountain, accomplishing a lifelong dream.
Born with a passion for adventure, his latest accomplishment was just yet another in a lifetime of physical feats, which begain in 1969 when he hitchhiked from Scotland to Afghanistan. It was then, while in Kathmandu, where Fairhurst met a New Zealand climber who had just returned from a journey to Everest Base Camp and back.
That climber’s story propelled Fairhurst to cross over high mountain passes and tropical valleys to find his way up and over the Khumbu Mountain Range. Alone, with no mountaineering experience, no tent, only a summer sleeping bag, and only potatoes and rice for sustenance, he managed to climb up the Khumbu Glacier to approximately 19,000 feet to Everest Base Camp, spending 32 days alone in the greatest mountain range on earth, surviving only on his energy and wits. Although he did not get to climb Everest on that trip, he vowed to one day return.
While his adventures have taken him to every corner of the globe, climbing the world’s most daunting mountains, Fairhurst has maintained the ideals that everything humans do is learned and as such, humans decide where they want to go and what they want to become – so with this philosophy, he tells students why not use this immense power and Dare to Reach?
One can see audio and video footage from Fairhust’s climb of Everest at his website: daretoreach.ca.