families, roughing it can mean a spring weekend at an
unheated cottage. Maybe even without indoor plumbing.
members of the Mallory family require the promise of
a substantially larger dose of adrenaline to kick-start
In May 2008, they became the first family of four to
successfully summit Mt. Everest – the world’s
rock falls and ice avalanches, they crawled on aluminum
ladders tied together with thin ropes across deep crevasses,
on a path of increasing danger.
“It was a sobering experience to hear about
people dying even as we continued to climb. In fact,
as we made our way up the trail we passed a dead climber
whose frozen body looked as if it had been lying there
for several years,” recalls Alan, who was 23 at
the time of the climb. “Bodies that are lying
close to crevasses or cliffs are sometimes pushed over
so there aren’t corpses littering the trail. It
sounds grim, but that’s the way it is.”
You can learn of the hard-won lessons of teamwork,
endurance and living a dream while watching the journey
come alive once more via photographs and video clips.
Hear the stories, see the pictures, live the adventure.
Then it’s your turn to dream. And act.
The Youngest Canadian Female
Laura Mallory holds the distinction of being the youngest
Canadian female ever to summit Mount Everest. Check
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Why? Because it is there!
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