Gerri has determined to never turn down a reasonable challenge, and hiking to the Mount Everest Base Camp was a challenge *just* inside her definition of reasonable. Gerri outlined her preparations in Canada, the packing and supplies she and her son prepared, and the trek itself. Her riveting account is not to be missed!
Listening to Gerri made the climb something easily imagined in a very human way -- this is not the unrelatable mountain climbing accounts we might more often hear, and her pictures of the daily details of the route were an excellent way to understand her achievement. Gerri left her Shellback audience in admiration of her ambition and successful trek, and amazed that the full ascent of the mountain is even humanly possible.
Biography for Gerri Staples
Gerri Staples is from Hamilton, born and raised. She has been HAPPILY retired for 12 years from teaching elementary school. She was connected to RHYC at age ten when she went through the Junior Sail program; Gerri taught sailing throughout high school and university. After a 30-year hiatus from RHYC, she rejoined and is currently active on the Race Committee on club racing nights and for local regattas. In addition to enjoying being on the water, Gerri is an avid downhill skier, plays violin in a local community strings orchestra, summers at her cottage in Minden and spends time with her family, in particular with her young granddaughters. She travels extensively and tries to incorporate her new-found interest in hiking in all her trips.
She is a ‘newbie’ hiker and will explain in her presentation just why she decided to do the Everest Base Camp Trek.
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