ROCKPORT — In 2009, Manuel Pizarro became the first person from Quebec to summit Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world — twice. Pizarro will share his personal accounts of struggle and achievement on Mt. Everest and other high-altitude summits at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Rockport Opera House. “Mount Everest: Challenge and Inspiration” is presented by the Camden Conference and the Rockport Public Library, offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 24th annual Camden Conference: The Challenges of Asia, Feb. 18-20.
Pizarro was born in Valparaiso, Chile, and immigrated to Canada 1973. As a young man, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and became an outdoors enthusiast. In 1985, He started his climbing career on the smooth slopes of Mount Washington, quickly graduating to the great giants of British Columbia, Canada and beyond.
Over the past decade, Pizarro has led expeditionary teams to many of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, Mt. McKinley in Alaska, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and several high-altitude treks in the Himalayas, including Surya and Kala Pattar in Nepal, and, of course, Mt. Everest.
At times, Mother Nature was relentless with Pizarro and his teammates, forcing them to retreat from their summit bids or risk death.
“I initiated these projects, because climbing is a part of me, but also because I sincerely believe that my expeditions inspire in children and people of all ages and backgrounds the ability to overcome their own mountains, be it physical, psychological or educational,” Pizarro said. He is the founder and co-leader of Manuel Pizarro Expeditions, based in Montreal, Quebec.
For more information, call 236-1034 or visit www.camdenconference.org.