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Tuesday October 03, 2017

Everest: Two Perspectives

Winsted, CT - On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Northwestern Connecticut Community College will host Everest: Two Perspectives, with eight time veteran climber Lhakpa Sherpa and Tunxis Community College Assistant Professor Mark Milewski, who reached the summit in 2016. Each will share their personal accounts of climbing the highest summit in the world. The program will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Founders Hall Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Lhakpa Sherpa was born in Nepal, in the village of Makalu in Makalu Barun National Park. Her village had no school or doctor during her childhood and many of her ten siblings, including her four brothers, became guides or have climbed the mountain. “I love the mountain. I grew up in the mountains and always had a strong desire to go to the summit,” says Sherpa, who attempted her seventh summit in 2015 but the earthquake in that region prevented her ascent. She returned again in 2016 and accomplished her seventh summit and again in the spring of 2017 for her eighth. She holds the world record for female mountaineers to reach the summit. Currently living in West Hartford, CT where she is raising her two daughters and working two jobs, Sherpa says she has seen a lot of changes with the mountain and the climbing community including more high tech gear in the last fifteen years. “Every year the mountain looks a little different as the winds change the faces of the mountain,” she says.

Mark Milewski is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut, where he has taught since 2010. An avid outdoor enthusiast, he thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 1997 and has summited the 48 Four Thousand Footers in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the 46 High Peaks of New York’s Adirondacks. His current goal is to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Milewski reached his fifth peak on May 20, 2016, when he summited 29,029 foot Mount Everest during a 50-day expedition. Milewski says, while he loves the view from the top and the challenge of getting there, he also likes how mountaineering shows the true character in people. “I find myself humbled by the entire experience,” Milewski says. “One seems quite small next to the tallest mountain on earth.”

Both Milewski and Sherpa will bring their unique and varied climbing and lifestyle experience to the discussion, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Stiller at or 860-738-6406.  Learn more about this event by clicking here.