The speaker at our annual dinner, Jim Hayhurst, kept the audience spellbound with his story of how he climbed Mount Everest in 1988, although he had never before mountaineered. At 47 Jim was the oldest member of his team, which included his son.
His harrowing climb up the mountain included a near miss with an avalanche, his son in danger of going over a cliff, and Jim’s suffering from the ill effects of high altitude. Because of the latter he had to stop short of Everest’s peak. Nonetheless he had proved he could do “the extreme.”
The life lessons he learned led him to found a disadvantaged youth-help organization – Trails Youth Initiatives – which has improved the lives of hundreds. He also wrote a book, The Right Mountain, about his experience.
with thanks to the club archivist