For Gerald Roach America’s Bicentennial,
was a year of disappointment, but hopefully not a
disappointment that lingered.
It was autumn of ’76
when the relatively small team of eleven climbers and thirty Sherpas, led by
thirty-eight year-old State-Department lawyer, Phil Trimble, attempted to
ascend Everest. Along with the expedition was a six-man TV crew for CBS
Sports, who filmed and help finance the operation.
Gerald and his
wife Barbara, of Colorado, had hoped to be the first husband and wife to
summit Everest. Unfortunately due to what he describes as “bureaucratic
foul-ups”, Gerald and Barbara were not able to summit that season. Though
Roach himself described a sense of disappointment attached to the expedition
it did put two men (Bob Cormack and Chris Chandler) on the summit and a
documentary film of the expedition “Everest: On
Top of the World” aired on CBS.
Roach would return to the
mountain and successfully summit in May 1983 as part of a German-American
Expedition lead by Gerhard Lenser.