November 18, 2007

George's Trek

I must apologize.

I have been remiss, I neglected to wish County Manager George Devanney good luck in his climb to the base camp of Mount Everest last month.

Actually, I had intended to pass along an Associated Press article, which appeared in many media outlets, as he prepared for his trip, however my personal health drama got in the way keeping me away from my computer for a number of weeks.

Devanney you will recall was embarking on a sojourn to Nepal thanks to the shoe leather of county workers and others who participated in the “Rockon Walkathon” in September at Nomahagen Park in George’s name.

Nepal Considers Nudity Ban on Everest
Nepal's Mountaineering Authorities Call for
Nudity Ban on Mount Everest
The Associated Press

Attention climbers: Please keep your clothes on while climbing Mount Everest.
Nepal's mountaineering authorities are calling for a ban
on nudity and attempts to set obscene records on the
world's highest mountain, officials said Wednesday.
Last year, a Nepali climber claimed the world's
highest display of nudity when he disrobed for
several minutes while standing on the 29,035-foot summit
with the temperature about 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

"There should be strict regulations to discourage such
attempts by climbers," said Ang Tshering, president of
Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Other record-setting attempts that sparked controversy
included a Dutch man who attempted to scale the peak
wearing only shorts.
The people who live on the foot hill of Everest worship the
mountain as a god and mountaineering authorities have
asked the government to ban disrespectful stunts on
Everest, Tshering said.

Mount Everest has always attracted record-setters,
including the oldest climber (71 years old), the youngest
climber (15 years old), the first climber with one foot and
the first blind climber. In 2005, a Nepali couple exchanged
vows on the summit as the first couple to get married on Everest.

Since Mount Everest was first scaled in 1953 by New Zealander
Edmund Hillary and Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay, thousands of people have scaled the mountain.

I certainly hope that George managed to keep his wits about him and not get too caught up in the excitement of the moment.

Follow the link below to view the complete itinerary of the trip of a lifetime that George Devanney made with the help of the walkers and what may be the use of county resources.