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  Mount Everest 2004: Elizabeth (Liz) Pace and her climbing partner Joe Hughes


Update Liz has left everest... Joe and the rest of the team continues...

Elizabeth (Liz) Pace and her climbing partner Joe Hughes like to lead by example. They run a non-profit organization called "Sadona Cares", which takes children out hiking and camping other outdoor activities. Part of what Elizabeth and Joe do is to motivate people, both kids from pre-k to 8th grade and adults as well, to set goals and strive to reach them. In two weeks they'll be putting their words into deeds as they follow their dream to climb Mt. Everest.

Elizabeth was born in Malta in 1965 and came to the US in 1984 where she began hiking and backpacking in New York in the Catskills and Adirondacks. This love of the outdoors grew into an interest in mountaineering and resulting in a 2001 trip to Tanzania and a summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Her ambition now is to summit Everest carrying her nation's flag. Elizabeth would be the first person from Malta to summit Everest. Elizabeth's other summits include Mt. Rainier, Aconcagua (one of the Seven Summits), and Mt. Washington.

Joe Hughes is an avid mountaineer who has summited the tallest mountain in South America, some of the tallest in North America and who now has his sites set on the Everest, the tallest of them all. Born and raised in Nutly, New Jersey Joe began to dream of some day climbing the mountains he read about in National Geographic Magazine. He joined the army in 1983 and was sent to Germany. A class in outdoor rock climbing set Joe and a friend off on a climbing tour of the country and led to him receiving his high mountaineering certificate while on Mount Rainier.

Following his summit of Aconcagua Joe was accepted on a team headed for Everest in March of 2004. Joe and Elizabeth are proposing weekly transmissions New Jersey classrooms during the climb. The students will be able to follow the team all the way from Katmandu, to base camp, an eventually the summit itself. The transmissions will allow the students to ask questions and learn as they follow the expedition's progress.

Elizabeth is working with Maltese schools to provide the same experience for their students. Joe and Elizabeth hope that the program will allow the students to learn not only about exercise, climbing and setting goals but about each other's respective countries as well.

 
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