Russ Staples will present a program regarding his published memoir, My Everest Odyssey, at the John F. Hill Grange in Eliot, Maine, on Monday, March 4th at 7:00 pm.  The grange is located at 1412 State Rd.  Sponsored by the Eliot Historical Society, the program is free and open to the public (donations will be gratefully accepted).  Copies of My Everest Odyssey will be available for purchase.

More than 50 years ago, the author trekked from Kathmandu to Mt. Everest in sneakers and a borrowed backpack, making him one of the earliest Americans to set foot at the 17,800 ft. basecamp.

The Tamworth native was one of the earliest trekkers to the base of Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest mountain.  While a Peace Corps volunteer in southern India in 1967, the 22-year-old set out with a borrowed backpack, $200 in his pocket and an abundance of youthful enthusiasm that would serve him well on his often-harrowing and odds-defying 27-day, 400-mile journey by foot.

Unlike Everest adventurers of today, Staples’ 1967 hike was unsupported.  The robust Everest tourism industry hadn’t yet arrived in Nepal.  There were no planes, no hospitals, and certainly no rescuers.  Instead, he relied on the generosity and kindness of rural Nepali farmers and his own grit and determination.  His journey took him by ancient Buddhist monasteries, through neatly terraced fields and pristine Himalayan wilderness as he walked in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and the 1963 American expedition.

Staples’ memoir is based on the journal he kept during his trek and includes incredible, never-before-published photos of an Everest and a Nepal that exist now only in the pages of history books.

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