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1982 Mount Everest Climbers


“On October 5, 1982, the news that Laurie Skreslet of Calgary had stood on top of Mount Everest swept all of Canada - the first ascent of the world’s highest peak by a Canadian mountain climber. Two days later Pat Morrow (of Kimberley, B.C.) followed Skreslet’s still clear footprints up the final ridge to the summit.... Previously unknown as high-altitude climbers, the Canadians had not only succeeded in their first attempt but in doing so had triumphed over one of the worst seasons in the Himalayas and against such adversity as few expeditions survive. The story is one of death, tragedy, heroism, suffering and astonishing personal commitment.” (Everest: Special Souvenir Edition, Travel Times). The 16-member Canadian Mt. Everest expedition was led by Calgarian Bill March, and included: John Amatt, Stephen Bezruchka, Alan Burgess, Dwayne Congdon, Lloyd Gallagher, Bill March*, Pat Morrow, Laurie Skreslet, Gordon Smith, Peter Spear, and Dave Read.