The Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD) operates a school for training men and women Sherpas. The school is free of cost, no charge. Safety, technique, communication, education, health, environmental and cultural preservation, ethics, customer service, and economic opportunities are the goals for this training course, in which MEFSD provides high quality mountain climbing and trekking training and assists local people in Nepal to help themselves and earn a better living from sustainable tourism in their beautiful country for many years to come. The MEFSD encourages men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world who want to help and teach 30 aspiring men and women Sherpas good skills and ethics for trekking and climbing. Please get involved and tell all of your friends.
The Sherpa Climbing Training School needs a variety of climbing equipment, clothing, and boots. Please email us at info@MountEverestFoundation.org to contribute gear, clothing, shoes, etcetera, and join the many people who have, as well as RAB and REVELSTOKE. Financial contributions are also needed to operate the school. Please do send your monetary donations by check and also online using your credit card (please click the link below): 100% of funds raised and gear donated go to the Sherpa Climbing Training School. No funds will be taken for administration or other expenses. No funds or gear will be used for other then the Sherpa Climbing Training School.
Climbing Training School Sherpas have been developing their English language skills. Photo Pasang Sherpa
NEW SHERPA CLIMBING SCHOOL: Thanks to all who have donated their climbing boots, ice axes, crampons, helmets, harnesses, clothing, shoes, rucksacks and other climbing equipment to the www.SherpaClimbingSchool.org . Special thanks to RAB and REVELSTOKE! We could not have helped these hardworking Sherpa students without you, and please keep up the great work. If anyone knows of a person, group, company, club, shop, or anyone who wishes to donate, please get in touch at info@MountEverestFoundation.org .
HIMALAYAN MULTI-MEDIA SLIDE/VIDEO SHOW THS WINTER: Our leaders will be out meeting people during the end of January and beginning of February. They are personally narrating live multi-media slide / video presentations about Everest climbs, summiting K2, unclimbed peaks and high Himalaya adventures, and also raising money for the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development, working together with local families living near Mt Everest to improve their health care, education, environmental and cultural preservation. If you can help please visit www.MountainTalks.org and email info@MountEverestFoundation.org .
News Update from November 2019: The Sherpa Training School brought 6 new apprentice Sherpas from low income remote regions of Nepal to the high mountains, where they learned important skills, communication, and were able to try out the necessary mountain climbing equipment. There are so many sherpas who need training and equipment, please consider donating your used and/or new climbing equipment and clothing. Please scroll to view a full list. Thank you very much.
Please read down (below the photos) for the list of equipment, clothing, and tax deductible / gift aid eligible donations needed for the Sherpa Training School. Thank you very much!
Sherpa fixing rope on Cho Oyu. Photo Mark. Kunnar Karu, Jangbu Sherpa, and Arnold Coster, on the summit of Ama Dablam. Photo
by Kunar Karu
Sherpas helping a member to cross the Khumbu Ice fall. Photo Squash & Stew
Sjoerd Wever, Shera Sherpa, and Sean McLane on the summit of Lobuche during the
Everest Glacier School. Photo by Sjoerd Wever . Toni Taylor takes on the practice ice wall at Naulekh Glacier.
Beow Lim abseiling. Sange Sherpa and members on the summit of Everest. Photo Sange
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. Jangbu Sherpa fixing rope on the Summit Ridge of Mount Baruntse. Photo Markus
Sherpa and Member at Everest Base Camp. Photo Ken
Adult Nepalese in a classroom. Photo Brent Winebrenner Lonely Planet Photographer.
Expedition leader Dan Mazur gives advice as he goes through personal equipment with participants. Jen and Tracy look on (Rick Eng). Maryana smiles as she tests her snow anchor before lowering herself into the small crevasse (Ulyana Horodyskyj).
Participants balance their rope teams on the snow slopes beside camp (Rick Eng). Leaders Bill and Scott go through the hip-belay technique on a slope outside camp as Tracy looks on (Rick Eng).
Dan Mazur helps expedition leaders, Stewart and Patch, get ropes ready for school (Stephanie Barbee). Randy works on his hip-belay technique as he helps a fellow participant climb up the slope (Anna Moll).
Heather Jennings uses her ascender to pull herself back to the surface during self rescue practice (Heather Jennings). Anna prepares to lower into a small crevasse outside high camp. While Bill Dwyer, expedition leader, looks on ready to help(Anna Moll).
Heather models the safety equipment on her harness (Heather Jennings). Jeff and Allen, equipment experts, sort through their things during a break in classes (Heather Jennings).
Here is what we need for the school (used equipment is fine and sherpas come in all sizes, from very small to very large):
- Plastic climbing boots;
- One-sport-everest or other boots with built in gaiter;
- Ice axes;
- Descending/rapelling/abseiling/belaying devices;
- Ascenders such as petzl/jumar/bd, etc;
- Jackets made of fleece/pile or goretex or down;
- Trousers made of fleece/pile or goretex or down;.
- Rucksacks and backpacks;
- Sleeping bags;
- Warm hats.
- Mittens and gloves made of wool/poly/fleece/pile/polar or goretex or down;.
- Baselayers made of made of wool/poly/fleece/pile/polar;
- Socks made of made of wool/poly/fleece/pile/polar;
- Trekking shoes.
We need donations to cover the costs of shipping the donated supplies to Nepal. Do you or anyone know of companies or airlines who might give free or discounted shipping, or funds for the shipping?
We may be able to arrange a tax deduction / gift tax eligibility for you, should you or the donating organization or company require it.
Please contact our offices to arrange shipping and/or pickup of the equipment and clothing at your location: info@MountEverestFoundation.org .
Thank you very much for your kindness in joining our charity non-profit team of men and women Sherpas and men and women of all ages and abilities from around the world working together as unpaid volunteers to share knowledge and build on skills and experience to increase mountaineering and trekking opportunities and be sure it is being done in the correct way, with attention to safety, teamwork, environmental and social ethics, as well as good customer service.
Welcome to our team!
Yours Sincerely, Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD)