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  Mt. Everest 2004: George Dijmarescu and Lakpa Sherpa


The Connecticut Everest Expedition 2004

Dear EverestNews.com readers: It is almost a month into my sixth attempt on Mt Everest and frankly I have almost nothing major to report for the world to notice.

This year I am part of the Connecticut Everest Expedition, a small group of rather enthusiastic climbers. Because I don't have their permission to use their names, I will not mention their last names and only use their first names. The way this expedition started is rather bizarre, however pleasant with its many meetings and convincing. I had this idea because Connecticut is my adoptive home and I will sincerely like to see members of this state toppling the tallest mountain in the world. So I first convinced Michael, a friendly outspoken photojournalist working for the largest paper in the state, then slowly Anne and Chuck made their commitment. We met Bill at the local breakfast diner, he seemed to be a very nice man, but all the participants seem to be very nice so there were no complaints. However I was going to climb the tallest mountain with people I had never climbed with, but unknown has never scared me

George

Lakpa Sherpa is the only woman to have summited Everest three times. This year she will climb Everest again, trying for a record fourth summit, and George Dijmarescu will go for his sixth summit in six years. These are remarkable mountaineering feats for any individual, but above and beyond this, the couple will attempt to reach the summits of both Everest and K2 in the same season to complete the Top of the World Double Header -- together. George and Lakpa are sponsored for 2004 in part by Sabia & Hartley, LLC of Hartford CT.

To offer support or assistance for Gheorghe and Lakpa’s historic climb, please contact us at

Dispatches

The Connecticut Everest Team

Joining George Dijmarescu and Lakpa Sherpa are five other Himalayan veterans from Connecticut.

  • Anne Parmenter, originally from Britain, moved to the United States to pursue a career coaching women’s sports. Currently the coach of Trinity College field hockey team in Hartford, she was previously the field hockey and lacrosse coach at Connecticut College, During her summers off from collegiate coaching, she has worked as a mountain guide in the United States, South America and Nepal. As a guide she has reached the summit of Ama Dablam, 22,494 feet, in Nepal; Denali, 20,320 feet in Alaska; and Aconcogua, 22,834, in Argentina.
  • Chuck Boyd, one of Connecticut’s most accomplished climbers and guides, was part of the North Face sponsored expedition that made the first ascent of Shipton Spire in Pakistan. Chuck, along with Mark Richey, current president of the American Alpine Club, and Neil Pothier, made the first ascent of the East face of Cayash in Peru’s Corillera Blanca. He has also worked as a ski mountaineering guide in the Alps, ski patroller, and climbed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Africa. He operates a guiding service out of Suffield, CT, and is a board member of the Ragged Mountain Foundation, a non-profit promoting access and stewardship of Connecticut’s mountains.
  • Michael Kodas, a climber and photographer, has climbed throughout the United States, New Zealand and Spain. The Hartford resident reached the summit of Nepal’s Ama Dablam, 22,494 feet, in December of 1999. He has also climbed the big walls of El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park; completed the first-ever circumnavigation of Long Island Sound by sea kayak with nature writer Steve Grant; completed a long distance hike of the Appalachian Trail; and recreation of the events of a cargo schooner on which 53 captive Africans rebelled in 1838 known as the Amistad. Kodas was also lead author of Volume 5,  Exploring the Appalachian Trail.
  • Bill Driggs has reached the summit of Aconcogua in Argentinca, rock and ice climbed throughout New England and has completed three Iron Man Triathalons.
  • Dave Watson is a climbing guide for Eastern Mountain Sports and a ski patroller at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont. He has climbed throughout the United State and recently completed an expedition to the Ruth Gorge in Alaska.

Everest the Educator

Since his first climb of Everest, Dijmarescu has kept a close relationship with Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor, CT. Each year he carries items from the school to the summit. He has called students from advanced base camp and teachers at the school have created a curriculum in the context of his adventures

This year’s expedition will combine all of the team’s talents to use Everest as a teaching tool. Through the Newspapers in Education program, the climbers plan to produce curriculum for middle school students across Connecticut. In addition, the climbers plan to enrich students in Nepal as well as the United States by bringing them together through the Internet.

The team will leave the U.S. for Nepal on March 28th. They will depart Kathmandu for Tibet on April 5th and hope to reach the summit of Mount Everest by late May from the North Col using the same route attempted by George Mallory 80 years ago.

 
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