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Pem Dorjee Sherpa at the Mountaineering Culture Studies Group
21 February 2013 | 3154 Angell Hall | 6 p.m.
Everest: A Sherpa Perspective | Pem Dorjee Sherpa
Pem Dorjee Sherpa was born in 1982 and grew up in a small, remote village called Chyangba south of Everest. He started mountaineering when he was 19. Pem has climbed Everest twice, he second time with his girlfriend Moni Mulepati. On the summit, they followed through on a plan they heretofore kept secret from everyone, and exchanged their wedding vows at 29,035 feet. They also hoisted the flag of Rotary International in honour of its centenniel year. Pem came to the US in 2008, and since then has hiked the 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail between Mexico and Canada. He now lives with his wife Moni and daughtor Pelzon in Michigan, an owner of a local fairtrade store many of us have walked by, perhaps explored: The Himalayan Bazaar on Main Street, Ann Arbor.
In his presentation and slideshow, Pem Dorjee Sherpa will address the peculiar history of the interrelatedness of the ethnic group of the Sherpas and the mountain most of us know by the name of Everest. From an inalienably native perspective, he will consider the Sherpa community's role in the development of mountaineering in the Nepal Everest region, Everest's peculiar claims and demands on the community's population and culture, and the singular inheritance, both of change and continuity, that the Sherpa people carry as a result of this connection.
Location: 3154 AH
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