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We welcome you to visit our new Charity/Non-Profit website. There is more thorough and updated information about each organization, slideshows, photo galleries, video clips and much more. Thank you.

 

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We welcome you to join our Charity, Non Profit, Volunteer, Service Projects.

Dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Peacock. He will be missed very much. Our condolences to his family.

Please consider a gift to the Jonathan Peacock Memorial Fund
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Thanks for becoming involved with charitable giving, donation, philanthropy and contribution to the Himalaya and non profit volunteer service work with support to mountain people and environment.

  

Photos taken along our service trek. Elselien is showing a photo she just took of a local family living near to Everest, in a poor village where tourists never go, surprised and excited; unaccustomed to seeing photos of themselves (J Vavruska). Doctor Jennifer Heinegg checks a patient's leg in the health post. A tree fell on it 8 months ago. It is badly infected. He will need surgery to repair the leg. His condition is serious, but with a little help, he can return to his job, rather than moving to Kathmandu to become a beggar and live in a cardboard shack (Arnold Coster photo)

Thanks to the efforts of many kind people who came to slideshows (we are organizing our 2007 tour now, do you know anyone who needs a slideshow?) around the world and donated, in the 2006 Spring season in Nepal and Tibet we were lucky to be able to continue a Sherpa women's trekking and climbing training workshop and continued to build health posts near Everest, now maintaining health care for 4000 people living in poor villages where tourists never go. The new health clinic we installed saw 640 or so patients in 2005. We plan to continue in 2006 and 2007, adding more programs for education and environmental preservation. We have also supported and carried on training for Tibetan climbers and cooks. Some of our Tibetan students have gone from a life of poverty and hunger and have now summitted Everest several times, and are becoming top expedition cooks and workers, supporting their families back on the farm in Tibet.

In May of 2006 one of our teams on Everest came to the aid of a fallen climber left overnight to die on the north ridge at 8600 metres/28,000 ft. His name was Lincoln Hall and the leader of the team was SummitClimb leader Dan Mazur, along with team members Andrew Brash, Myles Osborne, and Jangbu Sherpa. In conjunction with the rescue, we are raising funds for health clinics for poor families near to Mt. Everest in rural villages off of the "tourist-track". In case you are interested in supporting medical charities in Nepal, cheques in any currency can be made payable and posted to the

Mount Everest Foundation,

care of:

POB 123, Lakebay, WA, 98349, USA

Or:

184 Bishop Road, Bristol, BS7 8NB, England

Thanks in advance and please be sure to tell all of your friends!

In June of 2006 during our service trek, a family medical team led by Dr. Philip and Chantal Heinegg and Arnold Coster, SummitClimb's 4 time Everest leader, just returned from their trek to a new health clinic we are helping to foster in Nepal, the world's 12th poorest country and the poorest country in Asia, near to Mt Everest in a very poverty-stricken valley where tourists never tread and where there are no doctors, no medical facilities, no school teachers, no roads, no electrity and no phones. Some of the patients walked or hobbled for two days to get a chance to see the doctors. It’s in a district called Okhaldunga, a valley where 4000 people toil on the steep Himalayan foothills of Everest. Not only did our medical team see nearly 100 patients in one day during their visit, some of whom had severe injuries that had been left untreated for months, they also donated a new solar panel and medical supplies. The clinic is part of efforts by the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development of Nepal and Tibet. We are trying to help them raise funds to help poor families living on the "wrong side" of Mt. Everest to get health care so they can go back to work in the fields and survive in their own village and raise their children with dignity, rather than migrating to the teeming unemployed slums of Kathmandu. If you are interested, please visit www.MountEverestFoundation.org , and please consider sending a donation cheque. Thank you very much.

Here is a photo of a woman seeking care for her child, who had fallen into a hot fire and burned his face. The setting is the Dhaur Kharka health clinic which has just opened in this village near to Mount Everest National Park. Jangbu Sherpa on the right, looks proud in the new clinic, which he helped found to help the 4000 people in the district, who before this time had no access to health care, and had to walk or be carried in a basket for three days and take a bus for one day, in case of emergency, so they could get to the nearest meager health services. Before the clinic was established, many villagers died on the way to get health care, especially women in childbirth. Our June service trek will visit this remote health clinic, where we have never seen another tourist (John Vavruska).

Our Sherpa women's trekking and climbing workshop resulted in employment for three Sherpa women guides. They are looking for work again in 2006. They were the only women climbing and trekking guides we saw in the Khumbu Valley (where Everest and Ama Dablam and Pumori are located), during the entire 2005 Season. Imagine a valley where more than 15,000 tourists go each year to marvel at the high peaks, and during 2005 in this valley we saw no (zero) Nepalese women working as trekking or climbing guides...We are trying to change that.

Our Sherpa Women's Trekking-Climbing Workshop, preparing to set off to Island Peak: Nima Dolma Sherpa, Elselien te Hennepe, and Kandu Sherpa.

When we met Maya Sherpa, her father (a long term trekking guide from a poor Sherpa village) brought her to our office in Kathmandu and said he would consider allowing his youngest daughter to become a trekking guide. During four years of hard training, we were fortunate to be able to assist Maya in the first ascents of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu by a Nepalese woman, and putting the youngest woman on the summit of Ama Dablam, Camille Kinny age 19 from Australia. Here is a photo of Maya in Cho Oyu basecamp after making a succesful ascent (Roland DeBare). Maya Sherpa and Camille Kinny on the summit, with Everest on the right. A beautiful day, if a little windy. When we got back to Kathmandu the reporters were at the hotel and the story was printed in the paper (Chris Kinny).

Thanks for your ongoing support and care for the Himalayas and mountain peoples and environments everywhere. Please do read on:

MOST OF OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOCUS ON DONATIONS MADE DURING LECTURES ABOUT HIMALAYAN CLIMBING, TREKKING AND CULTURE. PLEASE CONTACT US IN ORDER TO HOST AN INTERESTING AND EXCITING LECTURE IN YOUR COMMUNITY. WE ALSO RAISE FUNDS THROUGH OUR SERVICE TREK, AND WE ALSO HOPE YOU WILL JOIN THAT. THANK YOU.

We understand that it is necessary to give something back to the people and the areas we visit.  Our efforts focus on :

  • support of the Mountain Fund, helping mountain peoples and environments around the world,
  • working with the Mount Everest Foundation to build hospitals and schools and environmental projects to help poor Sherpa families in Nepal and Tibet,
  • organizing and leading service-treks to incourage voluntarism and international exchange,
  • a fundraising lecture series for the Central Asian Institute, building schools and hospitals for girls and boys in Pakistan and Afghanistan,
  • finding a faster computer for the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee,
  • bringing clothing to porters in Nepal,
  • supporting Keepers of the Waters as they try to resolve pollution issues in China and Tibet,
  • supporting Association Chantal Mauduit in educating Nepalese children,
  • providing medical care while we are visiting,
  • cleaning up our own rubbish and that left behind by other tourist groups, with Minimum Impact,
  • trying to reduce the polluting effects of air travel through the Climate Action Network-UK,
  • working together with our sponsors, who insist we care for the environments and cultures we visit.

Interested? Please contact us: info@SummitClimb.com and Info@SummitTrek.com


Join the Mountain Fund. Working to Help Mountain peoples and environments around the world.

In today's world of ever dwindling opportunities to find an old-style and simple mountain experience, we are make strong efforts to support this exciting charity non-profit group. We stand behind their work 100%

Please visit MountainFund.org


International Jet Travel
My-Climate and Climate Action Network

Imagine this scenario: You are relaxing in your airplane seat, while enroute to the exotic Himalaya, dreaming about some of the challenging  peaks you will be climbing. BUT, meanwhile your jet is spewing out 100s of kilograms of waste into the atmosphere. YUK. During the last 10 years, the developed countries have discussed  bringing industrial, manufacturing related pollution under control. However, transport related pollution (due to cars, trucks, buses, and airplanes) has continued to increase, and there seems to be no end in sight. What is the solution? Well, the best thing to do is stay home, work in the garden, and ride your bike or walk.  But, we are not ready to give up air travel just yet, and we are trying to help find solutions that make air travel more efficient and less pollution, reduce global warming climate change.  (Daniel Mazur Photo)
What to do about Global Warming while still flying on a polluting airplane? Well, are you sure you really want to do that? Hmmm... If you must, then please heed advice from Paul, global warming awareness campaigner and the co-director of : ClimateSolutions (www.climatesolutions.org) Your team members and leaders should obviously avoid frivolous and unecessary flights, but if they must fly, "encourage them to pay for Green Tags to offset the carbon impact of their personal travel." Would you like to learn about how much pollution your flight will produce? If yes, please check out:

https://www.myclimate.co.uk/STI/op_carbonoffsets_offset.html .

They offer an intriguing web based pollution calculator. On a recent search, the site revealed that your share of the 2770 kilos of carbon dioxide produced on a return flight from Heathrow - Kathmandu - Heathrow costs you 40 Euro, 28 Pound, 50 US Dollar. When you contribute, they spend your money on such projects as reducing emmissions by weatherizing low-income housing complexes so heat and precious electricity are not wasted in the winter, and repairing broken hydroelectric plants in low income countries, so its not necessary to burn fossil fuels to produce electricity.

In addition, we support Climate Action Network.  They are an umbrella organization which is working diligently toward helping world governments stick to their promises and cut down on air pollution and greenhouse gases.

For more information:

Climate Action Network
49 Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7BN
England
Telephone: 0171-836-1110

web: http://www.climatenetwork.org

email: info@climatenetwork.org


Our November service trek was an exciting success. Here is a link to our service trek: Service Trek. Please check the news and please do return when you are done: 

WORKING WITH CLIMBERS FROM LOW INCOME VILLAGES NEAR TO MOUNT EVEREST. 

Please join our volunteer service trek.: Full Service Cost: $950, £450, €650.  Price includes return/round-trip domestic flights.

Please host a fascinating Himalayan lecture to raise funds for poor families and environments near Everest in Nepal and Tibet.

This year, thanks to Sterling rope, and the charity not-for-profit Mount Everest Foundation, we were able to educate and work with more than 40 local villagers, including men and women, providing employment and training in a joint venture climbing programme, thanks to: 

Without their generous support, we would not have been able to place 7 Tibetan Guide School students on the summit of Everest, or "Chomolungma" as they prefer to call it. We also brought 6 Nepalese Sherpa"first time summiters" to the top of Everest, all of whom come from low-income regions around Mount Everest, which lie far from the beaten track. Additionally, thanks to Sterling rope, Ms. Maya Sherpa became the first Nepalese woman to stand atop of Mount Pumori, a 7216 metre high mountain, just across the Khumbu valley from Everest. The name "Pumori" means "Daughter of Everest" so it seems fitting that A Nepalese woman has finally climbed it. Last year, also thanks to Sterling rope, Maya became the first Nepalese woman to climb Ama Dablam, Nepal's 6812 metre high "Matterhorn"  perhaps Asia's most famous rock, ice, and snow climb. Thanks Sterling !!

NEW EFFORTS: THE POOR SIDE OF EVEREST. Our newest efforts have extended into the Khumbu Valley, where, Everest, Pumori, and Ama Dablam are located. You might think of this valley as a popular trekking spot, with the commonly enjoyed "Everest-Trek" (our own Everest Trek could be viewed here: Everest Trek Site). However, the truth is that there are two tiers of society here, (1) those who work in tourism and have access to resources provided by foreign tourists; and (2) those people who don't work in tourism, and who live away from the trekking routes and do not have access to the foreigners. We are currently working with the charity not-for-profit Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in two important projects: 

(1) Re-roofing the Pema Choling Buddhist women's convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery, where 20 impoverished nuns live in a leaky old convent that many tourists walk past and never consider. The convent is the "sister-monastery" to the famous Thyangboche monastery on top of the hill between beautiful Deboche and Namche, along the Everest basecamp trek. The men who live in the monastery on top of the hill have brand new buildings with intact roofs, while the women live at the bottom of the slope in very simple (and leaky) circumstances. Perhaps you might like to get involved.

Located in a forest inside Sagarmatha National park, where Mt. Everest stands, the Pema Choling convent desperately needs a new roof. It looks as if it has needed a new roof for quite some time. The nuns at the Deboche Nunnery lead a simple life. Photos by Rajen

(2) Reforestation and planting trees inside the Sagarmatha National Park. Mt. Everest is located inside the park where due to overvisitation and the use of locally cut trees for firewood to heat water for trekker's hot showers, there has been an alarming destruction and loss of the gorgeous Rhodendron, Hemlock and evergreen oak forests, which support so many birds and deer and even bears and snow-leopards. We are working to replant what has been wrecked, in hopes that something could be left for our grandchildren. We need your help to put the forest back.

View of deforestation from high above, looking down on Namche village. The closer you get to the village, the fewer trees there are. They were removed to burn as firewood to heat water for hot showers for trekkers. These are among the slopes we wish to replant, with your help. Photo by Rajen.

Please let us know if you would like to join the charity not-for-profit Everest Foundation in their work. If so, you may wish to send us a message on the CONTACT page of this site.


A CLIMBER'S EXCHANGE PROGRAM BETWEEN KAZAKHSTAN AND THE REST OF THE WORLD

Anatoli Boukreev was a world famous climber from Kazakhstan. He climbed on Everest, K2, and Lhotse together with one of our leaders, Daniel Mazur, and was featured in the Jon Krakauer book: "Into Thin Air". He wrote his own classic book: "The Climb". A new book provides new insight into this amazing man, and is edited by Linda Wylie, and the title is: "Above the Clouds". The Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund operates an exchange programme for Kazakh climbers to visit Europe and the United States, and for Europeans and Americans to climb in Kazakhstan. The Memorial Fund acts to promote mutual understanding and friendship across cultures through a shared love of mountains and mountaineering, and to support the styles of high-altitude training, ascent, and environmental sensitivity that Anatoli exemplified.

To contact the Memorial Fund: 

web: www.boukreev.org

email: info@boukreev.org

Postal: POB 1170, Sandia Park, New Mexico, 87047


Charity Not-for-Profit Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal and Tibet

Building Hospitals, Schools, and Environmental Projects in Nepal and Tibet

Please join our volunteer service trek.: Full Service Cost: $950, £450, €650.  Price includes return/round-trip domestic flights.

Please host a fascinating Himalayan lecture to raise funds for poor families and environments near Everest in Nepal and Tibet.

LATEST NEWS: The charity not-for-profit Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal and Tibet is  educating local students from the poorest villages around Mount Everest to become environmental, health, and educational workers. Currently, two of our local students are nearing completion of their Health Assistants Programme, and soon will be ready to administer health care to some of the poorest people in the Mt Everest region. We are planning a water system inspection and inventory for 2004, if you would like to become involved at the ground level. We have chosen several candidates for school teacher education, and these individuals are from some of the poorest villages in the Mount Everest region. As a fundraising tool, our leaders are lecturing around the world in Autumn of 2004 and Winter of 2005.  Do you know of a venue where we might lecture? Please contact us at Info@SummitClimb.com and view the Lectures page. Thank you for your consideration and support. The Mount Everest Foundation is active building hospitals and schools to help poor families and promoting environmental awareness among remote communities across Nepal and Tibet. The work of the Trust is vital to help improve the health and educational levels of the local mountain peoples in this imperiled region. Trust activities have also been crucial in helping to preserve and protect the remaining pristine environments where these people live their daily lives. 

Our link with the Tibetan and Nepalese region and its peoples first began in 1986 when we began travelling throughout Tibet and Nepal, then climbed Mount Everest followed by 7 of the world's highest 8000 metre peaks, including K2. During successive visits to the region, we have been humbled by the stark conditions in which the local inhabitants live, by their crippling lack of health care, plus little or no access to education. Pressures from inappropriate tourism and development have led to the steady pollution of air and water and the rapid destruction of forests and wildlife, vital resources essential for local well-being.

Upon discovering the good work of the carity not-for-profit Mount Everest Foundation, we felt a perfect match between our own drive to do something for this beautiful region and friendly peoples by becoming spokespersons. We admire the Trust's practical project-centred, on-the-ground expertise in helping to promote education, health care, and environmental protection. We are currently planning lecture tours for November/December 2004 and January/February 2005, and are offering a captivating 80 minute live-performance combining our leaders, speaking live in front of the audience, with video, slide, digital imagery and music. Our lecture brings to life the experience of Himalayan mountain cultures and habitats; through travel, trekking, and climbing among some of the world's classic mountains such as Everest and K2, as well as the remote regions around Gasherbrum and Mustagata. These captivating and colourful stories and images span the Himalaya, featuring Pakistan, Tibet, China, India, Nepal, and Central Asia.

We are seeking new supporters interested in suggesting venues and hosting Himalayan charity lectures to help raise funds for the vital work of the Trust among remote mountain communities. We are looking for extra venues across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North America, Europe, Scotland, England, Wales and Cornwall to enable more local groups of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy our current programme. We have received a great deal of interest and enthusiasm from people around the world who are keen to support Himalayan culture, environment, travel, trekking and mountain climbing and to meet other like minded folk.

We would be extremely grateful if you could recommend any local groups, organisations or venues that could be interested in our work and accommodating a lecture. In the past, we have given presentations to groups of 5 to 900 people. We are very flexible about the size and type of audience or venue and can tailor the lecture to suit the needs and goals of diverse groups and organisations:

·          Outdoor and Activity Clubs to entertain existing and recruit new members,

·          Shops to attract customers into the store and stimulate sales,

·          Adventure-Centres, Rock-Gyms, and Ski-Lodges seeking to entertain and draw in clientele,

·          Schools to inspire and motivate students,

·          Theatres and Lecture Programmes to enhance their offerings and audience,

·          Book Shops to excite regular customers and promote travel literature to new people,

·          Travel Agents and Tour Operators to enthuse current and prospective clients,

·          Churches and Charities to foster work with impoverished communities,

·          Environmental Organisations to promote awareness of threats to Himalayan regions and positive action to make a difference,

·          Companies to initiate and motivate team-working and goal-attainment within their staff and clientele,

·          Private, Community, Family and Social groups who would prefer a “private-showing”.

Previous hosts have included: Alpine Club; Colorado Mountain Club; Guildford Mountain Club; Rockhoppers Club; Rocky Mountaineers; Focus-Fitness Health Centre; Stone-Age Rock-Gym; Skiers Lodge de La Meige; Taunton Leisure Shops; Eastern Mountain Sports; Wild Mountain Outfitters; Second-Ascent; Neptune Sports; Basel Community-Family Presentation; Berlin Community Presentation; Edinburgh Community-Family Presentation; Saatchi's of London; Brecon Theatre; Norman Schools; Cornwall-Helston Presentation; Brecon Adventure Centre; London B&B Presentation; Bristol Community Presentation; Stuttgart Family Presentation; and Linz Family Presentation. 

On behalf of the Trust we would greatly appreciate your support - as donations and resources raised by these lectures go directly to helping families, and preserving threatened environments in Nepal and Tibet. A small team is busy working with local people on the ground to develop vital new schools and hospitals and implementing programmes to protect and conserve local natural resources, such as the recent "Construction of Patale Health-Post and School", and ongoing effort to “Halt habitat-destroying wood-cutting inside the national park surrounding Mount Everest”.

We would be most grateful for your interest and support in helping the Mount Everest Trust to give a little back to the peoples and environs of the high mountains, communities and ecosystems that have honoured many visitors with great hospitality, beauty, and kindness. If you would like to explore the possibility of helping the work of the Trust by suggesting a venue or hosting a lecture, we are glad to post you a simple brochure with details of our programme and feedback from our previous hosts.

We  would be delighted to discuss these opportunities with you and your friends or colleagues in greater detail if that would be helpful. Please let us know if you need further information. We look forward to hearing from you, to meeting, and to speaking to your group in the near future. Please press the "CONTACT" button for further information.


The Central Asian Institute, Building Schools and Hospitals  for Girls and Boys in Pakistan and Afghanistan

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Pakistan Earthquake

Please send funds to Central Asia Institute (CAI). They are very active in Pakistan on a daily basis. You can read more about CAI right here. Thanks to some of our member's generosity, we just sent them a hefty donation, so please pitch in and help. We just read that donations to Pakistan Earthquake survivors are only three percent of the funds given to the Tsunami, so your crucial help is needed now! Thank you very much.

These girls are enrolled in the village school in Pakistan.  Their "school house" is a patch of dirt under an apricot tree. The teacher spends one day a week here and makes the rounds between 7 different villages.   You may ask: "why do these kids need to learn to read and write?".  Education, and women's education especially, has been shown to increase health rates, increase family income, reduce malnutrition and childhood mortality, and to reduce birth rates.  Once educated, people  are able to raise their standard of living and reduce the pressures of life being caused by lack of knowledge and over crowding. Currently, the literacy rate in this region is 15 percent for men and 5 percent for women.   We continue to lend our ongoing support to the Central Asia Institute in their effort to build schools and hospitals for girls and boys and supply them with trained teachers and doctors.  (Scott Darsney Photo)

Please contact the Central Asia Institute:

Central Asia Institute
617 South Fifth Avenue
Bozeman, Montana
59715 USA
Telephone: 406-586-8387

email: info@ikat.org
web: http://www.ikat.org


Finding a New or Lightly Used Computer (at least a pentium II) for Mount Everest

This year (October, 2005) we carried a new computer, by yak, to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).  In a recent visit to their Namche Bazaar office, we were astounded to learn that they were using an antique 486 computer to manage the extensive park data base. In addition to being ancient and creaky, the computer had become infected with a virus which had erased one of their hard drives. Files were unrecoverable, and the staff in the office was working to recreate lost data. It seems a shame that this fine agency, which is responsible for handling the environmental concerns for the region around Mt. Everest, is crippled by a lack of technology, in our modern age of high speed personal computers.  We have taken it upon ourselves to keep the SPCC in new or "lightly-used" computers, which are up to the task (at least a pentium II).  Here is a letter they recently faxed to us, confirming their request: 

If you are unable to read the text, the above letter states: "Dear Sir, I introduce myself Ram Chandra Karki as Finance & Administrative of Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, Namche Bazaar, Nepal. We are pleased to know Mr. Daniel Mazur, who visited us in our office, and has visited the Sagarmatha Park region and Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, since 1991. We acknowledge his concern about the environment and society inside the park, and efforts to maintain a clean and harmonious park for everyone. We support his quest to find us a new computer for our office. Our Current Computer is an old model 486, and cannot handle the difficult task we have of managing the park database, and internet communication. Each year we have more work to do with the same old computer. We would be deeply indebted to the generous person who through Mr. Daniel Mazur would kindly donate a new computer for our good cause. Thank you very much for your help in saving the Sagarmatha Park for future generations. We are looking forward to hear from you soon. With thanks for sincere cooperation. Yours Sincerely, Ram Chandra Karki (R.C.) Finance and Administrative Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee Namche Bazaar, Nepal"

In 2004 and 2005, our delivery of new computers has been completely successful, and we are deeply indebted to the generosity of those computer users and IT departments who kindly donated their old machines and peripherals. We are still seeking new or used machines that are at least a Pentium II. Would you know anyone who can donate a computer? Our leaders can easily bring it from Europe or America, in the luggage and yak loads to Namche Bazaar, located near Mount Everest in the Khumbu region. Please contact us with your ideas at: info@summitclimb.com


Himalayan Explorers Connection, International Porter Protection Group, Porter's Progress

We rely heavily on local climbers, yak drivers, and porters, and we take our responsibility to them very seriously, by providing adequate pay, food, clothing, equipment, training, and shelter. Because of this, our 23 member staff are some of the best you will encounter. In addition to helping our staff members personally, we are also helping their families, and are participating in health projects and building schools in their villages. We also provide scholarship funds so that their children can attend school, college, and university. We ask our climbing and trekking team members to share our deep respect for the local people who help us, and to bring clothing and equipment to donate to our staff, as they depend on gifts from overseas. We support the work of the fine porter-fostering organizations throughout the world, and have adopted their codes of ethics. To donate equipment, clothing, funds, health and schools supplies please contact: info@summitclimb.com

To view the "porter's code of ethics", please click here 

To learn more about these excellent organizations, please visit: 

www.hec.org and  www.ippg.net and www.portersprogress.org   


Fighting Pollution in China and Tibet

We strongly support the work of Elizabeth Damon's organization as they try to raise awareness of water pollution and conservation issues throughout the world and especially in China and Tibet. 

Please contact the Keepers for more information. Their web address is: www.keepersofthewaters.org 


Educating Nepalese Children

Chantal Mauduit was a fine climber, and one of the strongest we have met. She believed in social action, helping the local people to improve their lives, and to live their dreams. 

   

After her death on Dhaulagiri, her family started a charity which provides assistance to Nepalese children in obtaining an education. The "Association Chantal Mauduit" maintains an office in Kathmandu, in Lainchor. To learn more about the Association, and to make a contribution, please visit their website (you might want to polish your French language skills first, but the chairman, Mick Regnier, speaks English): www.eolienne.com 


Medical Care for Local Villagers

While climbing in the Himalaya near K2, we were visiting a village where a young boy, "Allah Barde",  was injured in a road builder’s dynamite blast.  (Andrew Dunn Photo: http://www.hardworld.co.uk/curexhib.html)

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Our Doctors were able to amputate his shattered foot.  When we found out that the family could not afford medical treatment, our physicians decided to pay for his treatment from their own pockets.   We transported him to the nearest hospital.  Neither he nor his family had ever ridden in a car, nor had they been to the nearest city.  Here is the boy and his family with Doctors Mike Sinclair of Pennsylvania, Andy Hilton of Sheffield, England, and Rob Allen of California.   (Jon Otto Photo). At the hospital, the boy’s wound was treated in sanitary conditions, and he was given antibiotics in a safe environment where infection could be prevented.  The boy lived, and he now needs an artificial limb. If you would like to be involved in helping this boy, and his people, who eke out a marginal existence on the slopes of K2, and have no healthcare,  please email: info@summitclimb.com (Mike Sinclair Photo).

The Ladakh Project

 Protecting cultural and biological diversity on the Tibetan plateau

We  support ISEC-Ladakh Project. Daniel, together with a group of concerned Britons, traveled to observe the work of this fine organization on the Tibetan plateau. They are involved in environmental education, as well as efforts to help the local people preserve their culture in the face of rapid westernization. The photo shows Susan Gloucester, from Gloucestershire, together with Dolma Tsering, and her grandson Nima. Susan is involved in occupational training and therapy, and Dolma is a board member of ISEC. Photo: D.L. Mazur

The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) is a non-profit organisation that promotes locally based alternatives. Their activities include:

  • Books, reports, conferences and films.
  • Local, national and international networking.
  • Community initiatives.
  • Campaigning.
  • Courses.

In addition to the Ladakh Project, they run a Local Food Programme, aimed at promoting closer links between producers and consumers.

Please contact them: 

ISEC UK
Foxhole
Dartington
Devon TQ9 6EB
UK
Tel: (01803) 868650
Fax: (01803) 868651
email: isecuk@gn.apc.org
Web: http://www.isec.org.uk


Cleaning up after ourselves and others.

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This trash was abandoned by an expedition in K2 basecamp. They even left their shoes! We were able to burn, bury, and carry out almost all of it. We try to remain aware of any rubbish throughout our journey. On the way back home, we take just a few extra minutes to deal with it. Not only does this make the cleaned-up landscape look better, it provides an example to our local hosts: "Hey, they may be crazy, but not all foreigners are pigs".  (Andrew Dunn Photo)

Interested? Please contact us: please email: info@SummitClimb.com and Info@SummitClimb.com

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