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Help Pemba become a mountain guide

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Raised by 7 people in 2 months

Pemba Sherpa, (nickname Pega) has already climbed both Mount Everest (8848 metres) and Cho Oyu, (8201 metres), no small feat for a 22 year old. I’d love to help Pega realize his dreams of becoming a mountaineering guide but much of the training needed for Pega to achieve his goals is unavailable in Nepal. With the proper training and education, we can help Pega make a living as a guide in Nepal.

Phortse, where Pega grew up, is a small farming village relying on a short season (due to an altitude of 3950 metres) of growing potatoes and millet. It also boasts a significant mountaineering tradition with more Everest summiteers than anywhere else in the world. It is no wonder that Pega was influenced and awed by those in his village and hoped to follow a similar path from an early age.

Growing up in Nepal is very different than growing up in North America. In Pega's village of Phortse there are no shops, no cinemas, no roads. You make your own entertainment in the surrounding mountains. To buy a loaf of bread requires a 5.7 km walk to Namche Bazaar, the nearest village to buy goods.  Schools in most Nepali villages are primary levels only. Phortse is no exception and at the age of 7 Pega won a scholarship from the Sherpa Education Fund, administered by Alpine Ascents International and was sent to Kathmandu to complete his schooling.

Although Pega would love to climb all of the 8000 metre peaks eventually, his next goals include Amadablam (6812),  Cholatse (6440) and Manaslu (8163) before he reaches the age of 25. Pega loves both ice and rock climbing and finds climbing meditative for both body and mind.
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Update 3
Posted by Marlene Ford
2 months ago
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I wanted to share a story from Pega today so asked him to tell his story about what it was like during the devasting earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015.

At the time, Pega was at Everest Base Camp working as an assistant climbing guide. See his story below in his own words.

In the last paragraph, Pega talks about returning to his village and house that had been destroyed in the earthquake. I’ve included a picture of what it looks like now when Pega took me to his home and introduced me to his mom and two nephews. As you can see, construction inside is coming along nicely, although it still has a tarp roof. I know Pega was buying more lumber recently and hoping to work on it come warmer weather.

It was april 25th of april 2015. The expedition was in the middle of the season and Camp 2 rotation was going on smoothly.
 
Just after finishing our lunch I was laying inside my tent and suddenly I felt the shake and knew it was earthquake. I could hear lot's of breaking down around the base camp inside from the tent. As soon as the earthquake stopped I came out of my tent and gathered with my sherpa friends. After nearly 30 seconds we saw a big Avalanche coming towards us from the Corner. I was out of my mind thinking what to do. All the people were screaming run run run. Soon people began running inside their tent and some just runnig away from the Avalanche. Me and some of my friends ran little further and hid behind a huge rock which was rooted deep inside the glacier. As soon as we hid the avalanche started passing over our head. The avalanche lasted for almost a minute. We couldn't breathe properly and all our bodies were covered with snow. Even the whole Base Camp was covered with inches of frozen snow.

Our camp was all good except few tents got damaged. We thought It didn't create any bigger loss at the Base Camp and we were all just worried about our team members at C1 and C2 but later on we came to know that the middle part of base camp got washed away. Nothing was left there in the middle part. Only the corner and bottom part were left safe. Our camp was at the bottom and we were all lucky. Later on we were happy to hear everything was good up at C1 and C2. After knowing all this we had a small meeting inside our dining tents and ended up rescuing the casualties and clearing the mess. More than 70 injured and 18 killed.

The weather was cloudy that day so all the injured were kept in our Camp (IMG) and Later the next early morning they were taken down to Kathmandu by Helicopters. The Icefall route was totally destroyed and people at C1 and C2 were brought down by the Helicopters the next day.

After two days the whole expedition was declared cancel and We returned back to our village. I was very shocked to see my house fallen by the earthquake but very happy to see my family alive. Now lot's of pressure came upon me as I'm the only one son in my family and also my father just got retired from trekking several years earlier. I spoke with Mike and his client Kent stewart about it. Mike even took several picture of my house and started raising funds. Beside this IMG also provided earthquake relief fund for the IMG sherpas. Finally with all these support I was able to build 60% of my new house. I invested all my years of savings for the reconstruction and I'm still investing on it. I hope I will be able to finish the full construction in couple years.

Pega's home in Phortse, Nepal
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Update 2
Posted by Marlene Ford
2 months ago
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Getting there slowly but surely, yay. Thanks so much everyone. This is great.
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Update 1
Posted by Marlene Ford
2 months ago
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Have you ever been curious about what it's like to climb Mount Everest or Cho Oyu, maybe you'd like to learn more about the Sherpa culture or the Sherpa tradition of mountaineering in Nepal. If so, come join Pemba (nickname Pega) for a hike this summer.

For a $100.00 donation, you will hike with Pega on one of our beautiful southwest coast trails in British Columbia. Groups will intentionally be kept small so that everyone has one on one time with Pega.

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$810 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 2 months
Created February 3, 2017
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Karen McKenzie
2 months ago

Glad to help a young man enrich and have success in life!

$35
Carey Husband
2 months ago
$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
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Carl Duester
2 months ago
$200
Brad Jones
2 months ago
$50
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2 months ago
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Doug Steets
2 months ago
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Happy to help a wonderful Nepali man realise his goals. Best of luck to Pega.

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