New Meetup: Mt. Everest Slideshow FREE

From: Darren S.
Sent on: Monday, November 8, 2010 3:20 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Sierra Mountaineering Group!

What: Mt. Everest Slideshow FREE

When: Tuesday, November 16,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Sylvan Oaks Library
6700 Auburn Blvd
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Mt Everest ? the truth behind the myths ? an amazing photo journey to the top of the world. 6:30 - 8:00pm.

Come re-visit Mt. Everest with Dr. Rob Casserley! If you missed the last meet up (or if you attended and want to know more), you won't want to miss hearing about Rob's adventures from Rowing across the Atlantic, to climbing Mt. Everest! New updated photos! We've added a "planning" meeting for those of you who are interested in joining us on a trip to base-camp some day! That's when you can pick up the itinerary, and trip details.

Refreshments will be provided!


Dr. Rob Casserley, family physician, 7 time Everest summiteer and guide & Atlantic Ocean rower, along with Kevin Vann, Cardiac specialist nurse, Everest summiteer and guide would like to introduce you to climbing at extreme elevations, to the top of Mt. Everest. Telling their story with breathtaking photographs and never-before seen video footage, they will take you on an amazing journey to the top of the world. Rob and Kevin are co-founders of Trek 8848, and have guided groups of people to Mt. Everest base camp since 2007, guiding 2 groups per year.

Recalling moments of pure elation, triumph, danger and disaster, they will inspire adventurists of all levels to follow their dreams and get out on the trail! Their stories will take you to places that will touch your heart, make you smile and encourage you to make plans to achieve your own personal goals. You will learn about climbing techniques, how to recognize, help prevent and treat elevation sickness and what type of gear is required for this long journey. If your aspirations include high elevations, or the casual day hike, you won?t want to miss taking this virtual tour.

Using their dynamic and engaging speaking style along with their incredible footage from the mountain, they will keep you asking questions and wanting to hear more. Come and see what it's truly like to climb to the top of Everest and experience the joy of trekking to the world?s most famous base camp. Life is short! Come take the amazing virtual journey with us today? You never know, a trip to Everest Base Camp may well be in your near future!

About the speakers:

Rob Casserley:
Dr. Rob Casserley, former surgeon and now general practitioner with a specialist interest in altitude & expedition medicine. Co-founder of trek8848, Rob is a trekking & mountain guide who has summited Everest 7 times, including double summits in spring 2007 and spring 2010 ? the first ever Western climber to have achieved this feat. He has been featured in ?Everest ER?, a 5 part BBC1 documentary series about medicine and climbing on Everest. He assisted Sir Ranulph Fiennes as doctor, guide and cameraman in 2008 on the mountain. Other summits include: Cho Oyu ? 6th highest mountain in the world (twice), Manasalu ? 8th highest mountain in the world, Denali (twice) and Ama Dablam, to name but a few. He speaks English, French and workable Spanish. He has completed over 10 marathons and several half marathons. Rob competed in the 2009/2010 Woodvale Atlantic Row where he rowed for 73 days and 2900 miles before having to get off the boat to fly to Nepal guide a group of trekkers on Mt. Everest in the spring. Dr. Casserley is also a motivational speaker and has addressed audiences like: Royal Geographic Society, London (UK), Stryker annual general sales meeting, Birmingham (UK); Sports and exercise medicine annual meeting, London; Expedition Medicine courses ? Chamonix (France), Toubkal (Morocco), Auckland (New Zealand); sports clubs, charities, schools, colleges

Kevin Vann:
Kevin Vann was born and raised in the metropolis of Manchester, Tennessee (pop. 8500). Having fallen off of the top of a bunk bed he shared with his brother, at the age of nine, and having landed directly on his head, well, he was never a normal person from that period on. Most normal people in small town USA dream of marriage, family, bar-b-cues, etc...but not Kevin. Having spied a copy of a National Geographic magazine, he realized that travel was in his DNA. Soon after obtaining his Registered Nursing degree from Motlow College, he moved to Mexico City to study medicine, but the allure of travel put his pursuit of a medical degree on hold...forever. A lifelong dream (since verbalized in third grade) was to visit Mt. Everest Base Camp...which was accomplished in 1985. From that point on, the interest turned to actually climbing big hills. He has climbed several 5K,6K,7K meter mountains all over the world.
Kevin was the first person ever to canoe the entire length of the Duck River of Tennessee (an impressive 268 miles!) in 1999, solo. Kevin has worked as a volunteer in refugee camps in Afghanistan in 1987, working in the lawless Northwest Frontier Provence, during the Soviet Union?s occupation. He has also worked in several other countries, from Mexico to Saudi Arabia as a Cardiovascular Nurse Consultant. He graduated from the Arizona Heart Institute in 1985. In 2001, he got lucky and topped-off Mt. Cho Oyu, and was subsequently invited to join Henry Todd's expedition to attempt Everest for 2003. In that year, he encountered a odd-sort by the name of Rob Casserley, became quick friends, and was lucky enough to top off the Big E with Rob. In 2007, while climbing Denali with Rob, an idea was hatched to create a trekking company like none other...specializing in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal...and the rest is, as they say, history. Kevin's latest goal is to climb the "7 Summits"...5 down...2 to go. Kevin is presently working as an independent contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area as a critical care nurse.

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