MEET THE TEAM...The Good Karma Trek is heading to Nepal in March! I'll be keeping a journal and taking photos and video of this spectacular trek which starts in Lukla, travels over two himalayan passes and into Everest Base Camp. This 21 day trek, is made possible through the generosity of Karma Sherpa and Sherpa Mountain Adventures A portion of the proceeds of the Good Karma Trek will help me to complete the "Everest climb to fight breast cancer", which will be my 6th climb (of the Seven Summits) to raise awareness and Breast Cancer research funding for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Wa.
I am forever grateful to Karma, to Sherpa Mountain Adventures and to each team member on this very special Good Karma Trek that also supports Nepal and the Sherpa Community!
Karma Sherpa, Sherpa Guide and Operator of Sherpa Mountain Adventures.
Karma Sherpa grew up in the Mt. Everest region in Nepal called Teksindu and has guided numerous treks and expeditions since 1995.
He has also worked for the Colorado's Outward Bound course in Nepal.
Karma resides in Boulder with his family and enjoys teaching others about local Sherpa and Tibetan history and culture. He also loves to share effective outdoor skills that allow others to truly enjoy nature's beauty.
An avid hiker, Marcia has completed all of Colorado's 14'ers and has stood on one of the Seven Summits, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. She's been a faithful supporter of the Power of Seven project to fight breast cancer, having participated and helped with a number of fundraisers. Marcia brings a wonderful energy to our GKT Team. "On this trip, I am looking forward to a new cultural experience and seeing the beauty of the Himalayas".
Friend and hiking partner with Marcia, Kevin helped the Power of Seven project as a volunteer for the Mother's Day 5k fundraiser in May. Originally from Denver, he teaches 8th grade science at Aurora Hills Middle School.
"What I'm looking forward to most is experiencing the food and the culture of Nepal. Additionally, I am excited to be able to bring back some of my experiences to my classroom and students, some of which are from Nepal and most of which have never left the state of Colorado."
Vicki, Canon City, Co.
Born and raised in Port Jervis, NY but, has lived in CO the last 15 years. As a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, she's spent over 20 years working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She's climbed all 58 of CO's 14,000 foot peaks and nearly 100 of the 13,000 foot peaks. "I enjoy hiking, mountaineering, trail running, canyoneering, camping, and spending time in beautiful places with my husband Kerry and Chocolate Lab, Tillman. Joining the Good Karma Trek is fulfilling a long-time bucket list item for me, and I'm honored to be supporting the Power of Seven and the Sherpa community."
Thank you Vicki for reaching out to Bolder Bands for their generous donation to the Good Karma Trek. And another shout out to PepPod for supporting us, too!
Representing Kansas, enter Joey. "One thing I'm looking forward to the most: Summiting Mt. Everest at night while the team is sleeping at base camp " (LOL)
"Seriously I've always wanted to visit the Himalayas and see the tallest peak on the planet as well as meet and interact with the people of Nepal."
What a special treat to have Father and Son, Jim and Leif joining our Good Karma Trek!
Rhonda, Salida, Co.
From upstate NY, She lived in Boulder for 31 years and most recently lives in Salida working as a full-time PT. She's climbed 40 of the Co. 14ers, over 50 of the 13ers, over 100 12,000 ft peaks and also climbed Kilimanjaro. Rhonda climbs, bikes, skis, snowshoes and runs. "I'm looking forward to being outside, up in the mountains, exploring new friends and culture." "I have traveled a bunch and love it!"
A biker, hiker, climber, canyoneer and long-time supporter of the Power of Seven project, Diane is originally from Utah but, has lived in Colorado for over 5 years now. When she's not on a trail somewhere, she is usually spending time with her family. Diane, has coordinated numerous fundraisers for the PO7 project, and completed one of the Seven Summits in 2011, Mt. Kosciusko, Australia celebrating her Father's victory over cancer.
Jodi lives with her husband Steve, in Fort Collins and works as a dental hygienist. "I've hiked all of Colorado’s 14’ers and volunteer as a peak steward. I foster dogs for Western Border Collie Rescue and I babysit my 20-month-old granddaughter. Charlotte. I'm very excited to join the Good Karma trek. I never thought I would be trekking to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest. I'm looking forward to meeting the Nepalese people and learning their culture. I am also happy to be traveling with such an awesome group of people — we’re going to have a great time!"
Lesley has been a solid supporter of the Power of Seven project, volunteering at the Mothers Day 5k fundraiser in May 2014 and the Himalayan Development Foundation event in September 2014.
"Alpine tundra is my favorite type of terrain so to trek in the Everest region with this group will be amazing!
The highlight of this trip for me will be when we view Everest from Kala Pattar."
Power of Seven Climber, Fundraiser
When I first started climbing for Breast Cancer 11 years ago, I had no clue how it would change and/or save lives; including mine! As I continue to witness the work of FHCRC, I understand how critical research is in the fight against cancer. I'm motivated to continue my project of raising over $100, 000 for research and to climb the highest peak of each continent. With only 2 climbs remaining, I am more focused than ever. Heading to Nepal, I am most looking forward to seeing Sagarmatha (Mt.Everest) and to be humbled and inspired by her.
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