Mountaineer to give Bangor program on Mount Everest

Posted June 28, 2011, at 10:06 p.m.
Mountaineer Ed Webster will present “Everest the Hard Way” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Bangor Public Library.
Mountaineer Ed Webster will present “Everest the Hard Way” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Bangor Public Library.

BANGOR — In 1988, New England mountaineer Ed Webster and three companions attempted the unthinkable: to scale a new route up Mount Everest in Tibet with a team of only four climbers and without Sherpa partners for support, bottled oxygen or radios. Together they reached the mountain’s South Summit at 28,700 feet, just 300 feet shy of the main summit. Then Webster led his team down a storm-bound, avalanche-plagued, four-day descent off the mountain.

Webster will give a special presentation of his adventure at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. This is a family-friendly presentation that emphasizes setting goals, the importance of teamwork and developing good writing skills, as well as being the first-hand tale of this adventure presented with lively stories and stunning photos.

A resident of Orr’s Island, Webster is 55. He has lectured worldwide, and his articles and photographs have been published in dozens of magazines, Sierra Club Books and National Geographic.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Bangor Public Library at 947-8336 or visit the webpage at http://www.bpl.lib.me.us.

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