Thursday, February 19, 2015


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.

Marcia, Littleton, Co.  
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". 

Kevin, Denver, Co.
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." 

Elly, California
Originally from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California, Elly is a lover of all that is wild! "I distinctly remember drawing the Himalaya mountains in my 4th grade Waldorf classroom. As I attempted to bring the color and boldness of the mountains to the page, I knew I needed to see them one day. Beautiful and scary and BIG, these mountains parallel the vitality of the cultures that protect them. This is what brought me to the Good Karma Trek. I am eager to spend time with the communities that create the image of challenge and strength in the form of Everest. I am also honored to join an inspiring journey with Laurie. Let the fun begin!"

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!

Joey, Kansas
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!  

Jim, Dillon, Co.
Jim's greatest interest is travel (which includes a trip to Egypt) followed by all kinds of recreation; cycling, both street and dirt, both motorized and non-motorized.

"Essentially raising Leif as a single parent since he was three years old, we have spent a great deal of time together." 
"Knowing that days spent together are limited, I am looking forward to sharing this life-experience of the Good Karma Trek, as a threshold for him into his adulthood."

Leif, Dillon, Co.
A high school senior with graduation in Spring 2015, Leif plans to study micro-biology and attend the University of CO. He enjoys camping, hiking, multiple forms of art, and basically having fun. Leif spends most of his time snowboarding in the winter and skateboarding in the summer. "I love the mountains and the energy they create, and looking forward to being in the 'biggest mountains' of the world.  People ask me why I am going to Nepal to hike.  My Dad and I wanted to take one last trip before I graduate and am on my own. I am excited to go with this group, supporting a cause that has affected so many people I know"

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!"

Diane, Longmont, Co.
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, Fort Collins, Co. 
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, Louisville, Co.
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado Lesley has summited 30 of Colorado's 14ers. 
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."

Laurie Normandeau, 
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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