I have now completed climbing Mt. Elbrus, June 2nd (Europe) and Kilimanjaro, June 11th (Africa). This was my 2nd time climbing these two mountains. In 2012 I also climbed them in my quest to climb the 7 Summits (highest mountain on every continent) which was an eight year project I reached in 2014.
Now as many of you know my new challenge at age 70 is to climb the Volcanic 7 Summits in one year. Fortunately the next 5 mountains will be new climbs for me. Damavand, Iran; Giluwe, Papua; Pico de Orizaba, Mexico; Ojos del Salado, Chile; Sidley, Antarctica.
I am doing this surely for me as a new decade challenge, but my real driving purpose is to be an example to all generations, especially Millennials, to get out into Nature themselves. Einstein once said: “Look deep into Nature, and you will understand everything better”. Nature holds such extraordinary originality of wildlife, terrain, weather and pure raw beauty. Nature is the ultimate experience to find out who you are and what you have in you. The more we are in her fold, the more we love her, and the more we love Nature, the more we will want to protect and fight for her.
I DARE all of you reading this post to take on your own challenge this year in the mountains, rivers, oceans or forests. Something that will push you out of your comfort zone. See what amazing strengths of body, mind and spirit you have in you. You will never know unless you make that DECISION to get out there and ‘go for it’.
And if you possibly can please be generous to a cause of your choice to support and enrich NATURE. All of you who share these great values please post on your timeline. We need to act collectively to save out flora and fauna for future generations. Touching Nature is Touching Your Soul. Thank you.
Mount Everest: Min Bahadur Sherchan dies attempting record
An 85-year-old Nepali man who was attempting to become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest has died at base camp, Nepali officials say. Min Bahadur Sherchan, a former British Gurkha soldier, was trying to reclaim the record from Japan’s Yuichiro Miura, who climbed Everest aged 80 in 2013.
Mr Miura broke Mr Sherchan’s own record set as a 76-year-old in 2008. It comes a week after Swiss climber Ueli Steck, 40, died as he prepared to climb the mountain. Mr Sherchan died at base camp on Saturday afternoon, officials at Nepal’s tourism office said. Doctors suspect he suffered a heart attack, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported. His long rivalry with Mr Miura – a year his junior – included a 2013 attempt to reclaim the record aged 81 that had to be abandoned after late spring weather conditions worsened. In 2015 he was on his way to base camp for another attempt when a devastating earthquake struck the country, forcing him and many other climbers to abandon their plans. “I want to climb Everest to set a record so that it will inspire people to dream big,” he told German news agency DPA in March. “This will instill a sense of pride among old people like me.”
Renowned climber Ueli Steck dies near Mount Everest
Mountaineer known as ‘Swiss Machine’ had been planning to ascend Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse next month
The renowned mountaineer Ueli Steck, known for his rapid ascents of the Alps which earned him the nickname the “Swiss Machine”, has died in an accident in Nepal near Mount Everest.
Steck, who was 40 and one of the most celebrated climbers of his generation, was killed on Sunday after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller peak in the area, according to Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks company that had organised the expedition.
Sherpa told Reuters that Steck’s body had been recovered and was being taken to Kathmandu.
Kamal Prasad Parajuli, an official with Nepal’s department of tourism, confirmed Steck had died while climbing Nuptse and that he had planned an ascent of Everest.
My favorite back-country mountain biking marshes. In 2 weeks there will be a lush blanket of green. So great to be back in the saddle after winter. I love 4 seasons and the wonderful contrast of sports you do in winter and summer. Can’t imagine biking all year – nor skiing all year.
A REMARKABLE MAN: Montrealer Theodore FredericFairhurst, who turns 70 in April, has had several careers as a fine artist, entrepreneur, high-altitude mountain climber and a public speaker. He has climbed the Seven Summits, including Mount Everest and recently found himself in a jungle in Papua New Guinea. There he got separated from his teammates, finding himself all alone. As night fell and without food, sleeping bag or tent, he had to huddle alone in the pouring rain and listen all night to the sounds and calls of different animals. His new challenge at 70 is to climb the highest volcano on all seven continents (Volcanic Seven Summits) and hopefully poke all generations of people to take on their own goals and get out into Nature.