of the unknown keeps many people from achieving greatness in uncharted
As the first Canadian to summit Everest
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.
Skreslet summited Everest on Oct
5, 1982 via the standard South East Ridge route. In the group shot
Sungdare Sherpa is with summit
partners Laurie Skreslet (1st Canadian to summit Big Everest) and
Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa of
today is still a climber and a successful