"Fear of the unknown keeps many people
from achieving greatness in uncharted territory",
-- Laurie Skreslet
As the first Canadian to summit Everest Laurie Skreslet (born
in Calgary on October 25, 1949) achieved an historic hallmark, which will be
with him the rest of his life.
As a member of a team of 21 Canadian mountaineers, led by
William Joseph March, Skreslet summited via the traditional South East Col.
Route on October 5, 1982. The Canadian expedition had been 5 years in
planning, and required $3 million to fund, and 27 tons of equipment to outfit.
The expedition was marred by tragedy when four climbers died in
the infamous and treacherous Khumbu Icefall. Laurie himself overcame three
cracked ribs, suffered in a fall early in the climb, to continue to a
successful and historic summit.
“To the Top of
Everest”, a children’s book detailing his life and his summit of Everest was
published in 2003.
Laurie Skreslet summited Everest on Oct 5, 1982
via the standard South East Ridge route. In the group shot below,
Sungdare Sherpa is with summit
partners Laurie Skreslet (1st Canadian to summit Big Everest) and
Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa of