Host a Fund-raising Lecture - Interactive Photo-Film Presentations
LECTURE NEWS: In February and March of 2013 lots of amazing people attended our lectures.These were hosted by our leader Dan Mazur and Ms. Samantha 'Squash' Falconer. Dan has summited Mt Everest 9 times and Mt. K2 twice. ‘Squash’ has reached the summits of both Cho Oyu and Mount Everest.
The audience witnessed breath-taking presentations. Incorporating beautiful photos and 'edge of your seat' action videos telling exciting stories of the climbs, mountains, environments and people they meet. This was all in the name of raising funds for charity/non-profit causes such as the ALL NEW www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org together with the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, helping poor families living near Everest help themselves with Health, Education, Environmental and Cultural Preservation.
(Team on their way up the 2nd Step (David O'Brien). Jangbu Sherpa fixing rope on the Summit Ridge of Mount Baruntse. Photo Markus. Gyelje Sherpa fixing rope in the lower part of the grey tower. Checkout camp two on top of the yellow tower in the lower left. photo by Maaike Braat.
"Squash", who is 29, loves riding her motorbike from her house to the base of the mountain, climbing up to the summit with ice axe, ropes, and crampons, then jumping off in her paraglider. She has awesome movies and funny inspiring stories.
Squash loves riding her motorbike to the foot of the big peaks with her paraglider on her back!, Squash loves climbing high summits like Mount Everest. , Squash flying her paraglider among tall icy mountains.. Samantha "Squash" Falconer (Photo Squash)
Dan Mazur is known for turning his Everest team around just below the summit in order to rescue a fallen Australian climber named Lincoln Hall, even when other teams walked past him and did nothing to help. Dan also is known for leading the K2 climb featured in Greg Mortenson's "3 Cups of Tea". Dan spins a fascinating selection of tales about tragedy and triumph on Everest, K2, and the rugged and remote mountains, cultures, and environments of Pakistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, and Central Asian Republics.
Dan on Ama Dablam, the world's most famous snow, rock & ice climb (Duane Morrison). Elselien is showing a photo she just took to these local women, surprised and excited; unaccustomed to seeing photos of themselves (J Vavruska). (Anna Moll).
Aspiring Sherpas learn technical climbing together with our team of men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world.
We are currently working to organize a selection of dates for 2014 throughout the world for these colourful 80 minute live multi-media presentations. Please let us know if you or a friend would like to host Squash and Dan at the venue of your choice. Thank you very much. To host a lecture or if you know of someone who might like to, please email: info@MountEverestFoundation.org .
WE CONTINUE OUR FOCUS ON "GIVING-BACK" AND HELPING THE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES WE VISIT.
In December 2012, we were in a remote roadless village near Everest and found several injured Sherpa children who needed help, including a badly infected baby, her mother, and a boy who lost his eye in an accident. Thanks to concerned donors, we brought these wounded and destitute Sherpas to Kathmandu, the exotic, friendly, and peaceful capital city of Nepal, where they received excellent lifesaving medical care, and returned to their villages in good shape. For more please visit: www.ServiceTrekNews.org.
Hamu and Nimke Sherpa after exam, diagnosis and medicine - treatment prescription at Helping Hands Hospital, Purba Sherpa's eye was injured in a scuffle with another child when he was just 14 years old. Now our service trek has brought him to Kathmandu to see if it can be treated.
We are very excited about our February-March 2013 charity fund raising presentation lectures where we will tell inspiring stories and show amazing photos of Everest and raise awareness, support, and new and used climbing and trekking equipment and clothing for the new www.SherpaTrainingSchool.org . Come out and participate in the presentations. Make new friends and meet the leaders and members of SummitClimb, SummitTrek, and the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development. Would you like to invite us and organise a lecture in your town? Please do, as there is still some availability in our schedule.
By the way, In July 2012 we gave back to international mountain communities when we offered a 100% free of cost Summer Glacier School to encourage new and old climbers, men and women of all ages and abilities from all over the world. Watch for news of our 2013 free of cost, no-charge winter and summer climbing schools open to everyone. www.CascadeGlacierSchool.org
The glacier school lines up on the moraine ascending to high camp. From the left, Rick, Heather, Jen, Bill, Maryana, Stephanie, Heather, Scott, Dale, Jeff, Allen, Abhi, Randy, Ulyana, Ania Kyler, Wes, Sonya, Tracy, Charlie, Stewart, Vance (Dan Mazur).
Dan Mazur is one of our lecturers and he presents an exciting one hour and ten minute interactive film photo show. Dan is known for leading Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea" expedition to K2 and the rescue of Lincoln Hall from just below the summit of Everest, which was featured on a special 1-hour NBC Dateline programme.
You may have heard of the tragic death of Briton David Sharp, blind climber Thomas Meier and a dramatic rescue on Everest in June, of an Australian named Lincoln Hall from just below the summit of Everest by our team of Myles Osborne from Warsash-Southampton, Phil Crampton from Nottingham, Andrew Brash from Calgary, Jangbu Sherpa and yours truly, Dan Mazur from Bristol and Seattle. The story was featured on Discovery Channel and NBC Today Show and Dateline. I thought you might be interested to see a 16 minute video of the Sharp and Meier tragedies and Hall Rescue, including Sir Edmund Hillary's (may God rest his soul) famous statement about how badly behaved modern climbers can be when forced to choose between giving up their own goals and rescuing a fellow climber. Not only does Dan's lecture highlight the inspirational and beautiful ascent of Everest, but also focuses on some of the deeper ethical controversies, which can shed light on the difficult choices all of us face in our daily lives.
Lincoln Hall finds his glasses in the snow. Lincoln Hall after we put his hat and gloves on but before we put him on Oxygen.
2010-2011 lecture/presentation opportunities. Please tell all of your friends! Please click on a link below to view information about our lectures or just scroll down.
You are invited to attend lively video and slideshow presentations and discussions about Himalayan climbing and trekking around, in order to raise awareness and funds to help poor local farm families living on the 'wrong side' of Mt Everest in Nepal and Tibet, where tourists never go, to help themselves build local hospitals and schools, environmental and cultural preservation projects. Mt Everest and Mt. K2.
We encourage all of our leaders to make fascinating presentations around the world to companies, clubs, groups, etcetera; to share beautiful photos and action videos; to tell their exciting stories of the climbs, mountains, environments and people they meet, all in the name of raising funds for charity/non-profit causes such as the MEF.
We appreciate your thoughtful consideration in our eight year of raising funds for what we believe to be a very worthy charity/non-profit. Dan is an adventure speaker with more than 200 presentations about his 20 years of leading climbs and treks in the Himalayas to every type of group including schools, clubs, corporations, libraries, etcetera.
There is truly something for everyone in these shows, with exciting climbing and trekking stories, exotic landscapes, fascinating cultures, and interesting discussion about best practices in the rugged and remote mountains of Pakistan, Tibet, India, Nepal, and Central Asian Republics. Dan has presented in countless venues previously to a wide variety of audiences, including clubs, shops, schools, universities, companies, etcetera.
Would you please assist us by making suggestions as to charity non-profit fund raising possibilities, promotional strategies, likely venues, as well as audiences. We hope to organize a selection of dates throughout the world for these colorful 80 minute live multi-media presentations. back to top
Do you know of any group, school, university, club, shop, company, or other organization which might be interested? Please get in touch!! please email: info@MountEverestFoundation.org
Baruntse summit ridge. Photo Marus.Sean climbing the Yellow Tower, showing the team you do not need to pull on the ropes to get to the top, on Ama Dablam) (photo right by Dan Mazur).
I am extremely honoured to make a presentation to you and your group. We can tailor the presentation to fit your own needs. The most popular presentation is:
- A. 30 minutes of Dan narrating live the gripping powerpoint slide show story of when he climbed Everest as a young man with Anatoli Boukreev. This is his standard presentation and generally most appreciated by the audience........
- B. 18 minute action DVD of the rescue of Lincoln Hall in May of 2006, that was featured on the NBC television and international media.
- C. 7 minute action DVD about www.mounteverestfoundation.org
- D. Afterward: extensive question and answer and discussion with the audience.
- Usually, the above will use the amount of time allotted (60 - 90 minutes). If yours is shorter, such as the average school class-period presentation of 50 minutes, then there may only be time for 1 video from the above....
- E. Other options are available for the more enduring audience:
- i. Seven minute DVD about the death of Scott Fischer in the 1996 "Into Thin Air" disaster written about by John Krakauer and featuring the tragic death of Anatoli Boukreev on Christmas day 1997.
- ii. 22 minute action DVD on k2 with famous climbers Rob Hall, Gary Ball, Ed Viesturs, Scott Fischer, Neil Beidleman.
- iii. 19 minute action DVD featuring famous climber Greg Child and first ascents on the back side of K2.
- iv. Near death on Mustagata
- v. Unclimbed peaks near K2 in china with Greg Child and unclimbed peaks in Tibet near Lhasa,
- vi. And many others.
We don't have a speakers fee, but request a donation to the charity Mount Everest Foundation, working together with poor families living in the foothills near Everest building hospitals, schools, and environmental projects. Dan enjoys speaking to all groups and meeting people, its very fun for him and all for a good cause.
You can see Dan's bio at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Mazur .
Exciting stories of trekking in the Khumbu valley. Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village trekking to and from Everest basecamp in Nepal (Tunc Findik). Our team in Everest basecamp in Tibet (Coling Pacey). Anatoly Bukreev and Vladimir Balyberdin at basecamp. (DL Mazur).Our members approaching camp 2 at at 7500 metres/24,600 feet. Myles Osbourne
Baruntse summit ridge 6950 m. Photo Tunc. Sherpa assisting Ken Stalter across a crevasse on the North Col.
Lecture Equipment: Here is a list of the audio/visual equipment we would like provided for a successful presentation:
- 1. lcd type projector
- 2. dvd player/laptop
- 3. laptop with powerpoint
- 4. Extension leads from the mains to the center of the room
- 5. Multi point power strip
- 6. Screen (larger is better)
- 7. Loudspeakers (computer speakers will sometimes work)
- 8. Amplifier to power the speakers
- 9. Lead to connect laptop and cd player (headphone jack style) which will connect into the amplifier so the sound can go through the speakers.
- 10. Microphone which will work with the amplifier and speakers. This is necessary for groups larger than 20.
- 11. A person who knows how to connect everything, as I am terrible at this.
Please note: in addition to watching my power point presentation which will be run from your laptop using Powerpoint, (do you have Microsoft Powerpoint installed and configured?) the audience will be watching two films totaling 25 minutes. The film is going to be on a DVD disc running in your laptop computer, connected to a video projector you will provide. Have you tried watching a film on a DVD in your laptop? If not, please try that now to be sure it will work. Thanks.
Also, unfortunately, as these projectors do not have good loudspeakers (if any), you will need to provide good loudspeakers to connect to the computer so the audience can hear the soundtrack well. These type of loudspeakers need their own power source. "Computer speakers" that you plug into your home computer aren't loud enough for an audience of more than 20 people. When you are making your equipment plans, please be sure to speak with a person who understands the equipment needs, has setup and tested everything well beforehand, and will be able to be there on the night of the presentation and knows how to connect and troubleshoot everything, as I am terrible at this. I have had some shows that turned out to be silent movies when the computer software and/or audio equipment and hook ups failed! I recall an embarrassing moment for the rotary club of Malibu, when their 100 person audience sat through an 18 minute silent movie, when the 'computer speakers' someone brought from home were only audible from a five foot radius! Thanks very much for your attention to the equipment needs and please let me know if there are any questions. back to top
Tourists walking around at Kathmandu Darbar Square. Photo Linda. Cremation of human body at Arya Gath inside Pasupati Nath, one of the biggest Hindu temple in Kathmandu.
Monk and Money at Swayambhunath, one of the biggest Buddhist stupa in Kathmandu. Monkey at Monkey temple. Photo Deha Shrestha
A bit more about the charity/non-profit that the proceeds from our lectures benefit:
Mount Everest Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Nepal and Tibet, which helps local people living on the 'wrong side' of Everest help themselves to build schools and hospitals, educate health workers and teachers, and develop environmental projects to help poor families in Nepal and Tibet. back to top
View of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam just 15 minutes walk from Namche. (Sandra Le Duc). Our members trekking along a river near Pangboche on a beautiful sunny day.
At this time, we would like to take the opportunity to send the heartfelt thanks to those who hosted and organised the lectures, and the generous audiences who came and donated, in order to raise funds for charity non-profit. The MEF is deeply indebted to you for all of your fine help and all that you have done. Thank You Very Much! Please scroll down to see the list of venues where Dan has lectured. back to top
After making an exciting Everest presentation, Squash Falconer from the www.MountEverestFoundation.org receives an extremely generous cheque from Lauren Montemayor of the Caltech Alpine Club on 7 March, 2013. Photo by Flo Tomlinson. Dan Mazur, Deaf Climber Sonya Wilson, and Squash Falconer at the CalTech Alpine Club Presentation, 7 March, 2013.
Lecture Hosts/Organizers -
- Tuesday 5 March 2013 - Santa Rosa, California RIM Club
- Wednesday 6 March 2013 - Visalia Fox Theatre, CA
- Thursday 7 March 2013 - CalTech CA
- Tuesday 12th March 2013 - University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- 29 January: Dubai: Arabia Outdoors lecture at Haya Outdoor Centre.
- 30 January - 2 February: Dubai: Fundraising walk on Stairway to Heaven.
- 4 February: Abu Dhabi: Australian School Lecture.
- 8 February: New York Athletic Club
- 9 February: Larchmont Country Club
- 18 June: Agua Verde Kayak Club.
- 18 March, REI Flagship Store in Seattle at 7 pm, ()222 Yale Ave N, Seattle)
- 17 March meeting, 7 pm at Pyramid Ale House (1201 First Avenue South, Seattle)
- 18 February. San Francisco. 7:00 p.m. at the downtown North Face store on Post Street.
- 4 February, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Willi Unsoeld Lecture series at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA (Evergreen Longhouse)
- 12 January, Tuesday, 6:30pm at 213 South Main Street (Red Door), Moscow, Idaho.
- 14 January, Thursday, 7:30pm at Walla Walla Community College in the Health Sciences Auditorium.
- 14 January - Pierce County Library: University Place Branch
- 18 January - Pierce County Library: Bonny Lake Branch
- 29 January - Tenino HighSchool
- 9 February - Pierce County Library: Orting Branch
- 10 February - Pierce County Library: Summit Branch
- 11 February - Pierce County Library: Buckley Branch
- 14 February - Pierce County Library: Eatonville Branch
- 13-15 March - Association for Experiential Education (AAE): Northwest Region Conference
- 17 March - Pierce County Library: Tillicum Branch
- 4 December - U of Oregon Outdoor
- 12 December Reading RISC AAC
- 10 December Portland Trio Nasp
- 21 November San Francisco World Expeditions
- 19 September Redmond Overlake School
- 25 August Orlando FFI
- 18 August Timberline Lodge Young Presidents Organization International
- 25 March AAC New England Section
- 22 March Renton Primary School
- 16 March Redding Mountain Bike Club
- 13 March Aberdeen Mountain Club
- 14 March London Castle Climbing Centre
- 15 March Basingstoke-Alton Climbing Club
- 10 March Vancouver Thomas Jefferson Middle School
- 5 March Vancouver Cascade Middle School
- 27 February Laguna Niguel Bacchus Society
- 24 February Los Angeles Beit T'Shuvah Recovery Center
- 23 February Pasadena REI
- 22 February Polytechnic School
- 21 February Malibu Rotary Club
- 20 February University of Chapel Hill
- 19 February Charlotte North Carolina Jesse Brown's
- 16 February Vancouver International Film Festival
- 15 February Seattle Language Academy
- 10 February Longbranch Improvement Club
- 8 February Seattle Feathered Friends
- 20 January Seattle Washington CEO Convention
- 14 January Clearwater Convention Center
- 13 January Tampa BigCat Foundation back to top
- 17 December Bristol Climbing Club
- 14 December Birmingham Climbing Club
- 6 December Malibu Jewish Center back to top
- 11 January, Southern California Mountaineers Association, RockClimbing. org, Los Angeles
- 24 January, 7:00 pm, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, 732 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Shane Edmonds (970) 945-7062;
- 25 January, 7:30 pm, Steamboat Springs Community Centre, next to the Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477, George Barlow, (970) 879-5453;
- 26 January, 7:15 pm, Wild Mountain Outfitters (near Candyman), 851 Saint Michael's Drive, Santa Fe, NM, 87505, Jon and Jan Asher, (505) 986-1152;
- 27 January, 7:30 pm, Colorado Mountaineering Club, Boulder Club House, Table Mesa Shopping Centre, 633 South Broadway, Unit N , Boulder, CO, 80305, Bob Guthrie (720) 838-4197;
- 2 February, 7:30 pm. Red Lion, Redding, California, Ginger Cloud (530) 275-8238
- 5 February, 2:00 pm, Vertical Ventures, 5402-E Pioneer Park Blvd., Tampa, FL, 33634, (813) 884-ROCK
- 6 February, 10:00 am, The Harbourview Centre, 300 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL, 33755, (727) 462-6778
- 8 February, 7:00 pm, Jesse Brown's, Sharon Corners, 4732 Sharon Road, Across from South Park Mall, Charlotte, NC, 28210, Jeff Botz (704) 287-7910
- 9 February, 7:45 pm, Eisenhart Auditorium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14603, Stu Milligan, Adirondack Mountain Club, (585) 436-5581
- 10 February, 7:00 pm, Thoreau School, 91 Laurel Street, Concord, MA, 01742, Near Concord Centre, Court Booth, Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education, (978) 318-1540
- 11 February, 7:00 pm, Bresnahan School, 333 High Street, Newburyport, MA, 01950, Tim Hanke, CubMaster, Pack 21, (978) 462-5745
- 21 February, 20:00, Climbing Centre Rock Steady, Zanderijweg 12-14, Bussum, Netherlands, tel 079-3230323;
- 22 February, 19:30, Climbing Centre Ayers Rock, Buytenparklaan 14, Zoetenmeer, Netherlands 035-6925000;
- 23 February, 7:30 pm, King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield, West Sussex, England.
Next to 'White horse pub' and opposite the village pond. Mike East, 07885402526
01444 484970 back to top
Lectures 2003 & 2004:
- 19 November. Alpine Club Northern Lecture Series: Hathersage
- 27 November, London, Private showing. Henry Dallal
- 9 December. Focus Fitness, Albuquerque
- 10 December. Wild Mountain Outftters, Santa Fe
- 11 December, EMS Denver
- 12 December. EMS Boulder
- 14 December, Winter Park, Beaver's Condos
- 17 December, Lake Oswego
- 7 January, Seattle, Second Ascent
- 15 January. Greenspoint Club, Houston
- 16 January. Continental Reservations Center, Houston
- 20 January. Appalachian Mountain Club. Boston
- 21 January. MIT Outing Club, Cambridge
- 22 January. Wilderness House, Boston
- 23 January. St Johnsbury Academy, Vermont (3 shows)
- 26 January Syracuse Carrier Circle, New York
- 27 January. Suny Oneonta, New York
- 1 February, Nivon, Rotterdam back to top
- 3 February Sleaford Mountain Club
- 5 February Christ's Hospital School, Horsham
- 9 February. Pipeworks Gym, Sacramento
- 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25 February for A16, Southern California, with Pemba Doma Sherpa, first Nepalese woman to climb Everest and Survive, and Murari Sharma, trekking expert.
- England and Wales: 10-20 February, 2003: Central Asia Institute
- Monday, 10 February, Guildford Mountain Club meeting at "The Boathouse" 8pm
- Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, Alpine Club, London, 7:30pm
- Thursday, 13 February, Saatchi's, London
- Sunday, 16 February, 2003, Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon, Wales, 7pm
- Tuesday, 18 February, Rockhopper Mountain Club, London, at the Bull and Mouth, 8pm
- Thursday, 20 February, 2003, Taunton Leisure, Bedminster, Bristol, 8pm
- Colorado and New Mexico: January 23-30, 2003: Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund
- Thursday, January 23, 2003: Colorado Mountain Club, Golden, 7:00pm
- Friday, January 24, 2003: EMS-Denver, 7:00pm
- Monday, January 27, 2003, Stone Age Climbing Gym, Albuquerque, 8:00pm
- Tuesday, January 28, 2003, Focus Fitness, Albuquerque, 7:15pm
- Wednesday, January 29, 2003, Wild Mountain Outfitters, Santa Fe, 7:30pm
- Thursday, January 30, 2003, Neptunes, Boulder, 8:00pm. back to top
- Alpine Club, London
- Brecon Outdoor Centre, Wales
- Mountain Community, Portland Oregon
- EMS, Denver Colorado
- Seattle, Second Ascent
- Staehelin Family, Basel
- Berg Family, Berlin
- Scheck Family, Stuttgart
- van der Plas family, Brussels
- Ericsson Ski Club, Skier's Lodge, La Mege, Franced
- Ozark, Shanghai
- Ozark, Beijing
- Ozark, Chengdu
- Ozark, Shenzhen
- Ozark, Lhasa
Do you know of any places anywhere in the world where we might present our exciting presentation? Please get in touch and email: info@MountEverestFoundation.org . Thank you very much for all of your kindness and helping the poor families of Nepal and Tibet to help themselves with health, education, environmental and cultural preservation.back to top