Reception on January 22nd at Outdoor Retailer Celebrates ‘Ladies of K2’
Dawa Yangzum Sherpa and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa became
the first Nepalese and Sherpa women to summit K2 on July 26, 2014
Sherpa Adventure Gear – Booth 12042 – Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Salt Lake City
Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Evening includes question & answer session, poster signing, slide show, meet and greet, and refreshments
KENT, WASHINGTON, USA and KATHMANDU, NEPAL—December 28, 2014—Sherpa Adventure Gear is pleased to host a reception to congratulate Dawa Yangzum Sherpa and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa on their successful summit of K2 in 2014. The event will take place at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The two ‘Ladies of K2,’ along with Maya Sherpa, became the first Nepalese and Sherpa women to the reach the summit of the notoriously difficult 28,251-foot (8611 meter) peak, which is the second highest mountain in the world. The women of the First Nepalese Women’s K2 Expedition 2014 overcame physical, cultural and social obstacles on and off the mountain – from the pessimism of other climbers, dismissive Nepalese authorities, interference by the Taliban, and, after the climb, challenges to the claim that it was a ‘all-women’s expedition.’ The women—who plan to climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, in 2015—will tell their story first hand at Outdoor Retailer, and everyone is invited to meet and congratulate them, hear their tales and enjoy food and beverages.
Where: Booth 12042/ Sherpa Adventure Gear – Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
When: Thursday January 22, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with Q&A session starting at 5:00 p.m. Schedule:
4:00 – 5:00 meet and greet, slide show, poster signing and refreshments
5:00 – 5:30 introductions and question and answers with Dawa and Pasang. Tashi Sherpa, founder and CEO of Sherpa Adventure Gear, will lead the conversation.
5:30 – 6:00 meet and greet, slide show, poster signing and refreshments
“Pasang, Dawa and Maya’s achievement on K2 makes us very proud,” said Tashi Sherpa, founder of Sherpa Adventure Gear. “We invite Outdoor Retailer attendees to join us in congratulating them and learning more about their challenging adventure on and off the mountain.”
About the climbers and the First Nepalese Women’s K2 Expedition 2014
Climber and trekking guide Dawa Yangzum Sherpa is also an ultra marathoner and high altitude runner who has completed the 350-kilometer long Everest Sky Race and the equally long Annapurna Mandala Trail. She has won numerous climbing competitions and became the first Nepali woman to complete the climbing rescue ranger course on Mt. Rainier. Significant climbs in her resume include Mt. Everest, Yala Peak, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, the first woman’s ascent of Chiki-Go. She is an athlete representing Sherpa Adventure Gear and is currently working to become a UIAGM/IFMGA guide.
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa is a professional trekking and mountain guide who guides and teaches in Nepal and the US. She was born in Lukla, Nepal—the starting point of most expeditions—and started climbing in 2001, after attending college in Kathmandu. She trained to become a mountain guide in Nepal and France, and became Nepal’s first woman mountaineering instructor. Her accomplishments include a summit of Everest from Tibet (2007), leading women’s expeditions to Amadablam and Putta Hiunculi (2011), and a first woman’s ascent on Nangpai Gosum (2006). She is a Sherpa Adventure Gear brand ambassador.
The First Nepalese Women’s K2 Expedition 2014 achieved its goal by reaching the summit of K2 on July 26, 2014. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa and Maya Sherpa’s success on K2 made them the first Sherpa and Nepalese women to successfully climb the peak, considered one of the worlds’ most difficult ascents. The expedition also aimed to call attention to climate change’s impact on the Himalayas, promote mountain tourism and encourage women to take on challenges. For more information visit k2expedition2014.org.
About Sherpa Adventure Gear
In the highest reaches of the Himalayas, the Sherpa people lead the world in mountaineering with warmth, grace and good humour. Tashi Sherpa—upon discovering that his uncle assisted Sir Edmund Hilary’s celebrated 1953 expedition to the summit of Everest—founded Sherpa Adventure Gear in 2003 to honour his people by creating the best quality outdoor apparel made in Nepal. The company employs hundreds in Kathmandu and Nepal at its headquarters, stores and manufacturing operations. Marketing and North American sales and distribution is based in Kent, Washington. A portion of every sale benefits the education of Sherpa children through the Paldorje Education Fund, an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable arm the company established in May 2012. For more information, visit www.sherpaadventuregear.com.
Media Contact for Sherpa Adventure Gear:
Boo Turner, Footloose Communications