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Steamboat resident to present images from Everest

Steamboat resident recently journeyed to base camp of world’s tallest peak

Luke Graham

The peak Ama Dablam is pictured in the background as hikers prepare to get to the Mount Everest Base Camp. Steamboat Springs resident Lee Cox will be presenting a slideshow at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library about her trip to the Everest Base Camp. The show is free, but donations for Partners in Routt County will be accepted.

— Steamboat Springs resident Lee Cox will present a slideshow of her recent trip to the Mount Everest Base Camp at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Admission is free, but donations to benefit Partners in Routt County are encouraged.

Cox, who lists photography as one of her main hobbies, took more than 400 pictures during two weeks on the trip. The slideshow will include maps and GPS images.

"It was just a fabulous trip," she said. "A lot of people when I returned were like, 'when are you going to do a slideshow?' Then I had the idea to make it a fundraiser for Partners."

Cox left Denver in late March and started trekking on April 1. She decided to do the trip after reading the bestseller "Into Thin Air."

"After that," she said, " I figured base camp would be a good place to go."

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She did the trip with the New Zealand company Adventure Consultants.

To get to the base camp, Cox said she and other participants had three rest days, when they would do a day-climb to a higher elevation and spend time there before returning. This helped acclimate hikers to the elevation.

On April 9, they reached Mount Everest Base Camp, which sits at 17,700 feet. Several days later, Cox and a group climbed Kalapattar, which has an elevation of 18,300 feet.

"From that peak, you can see Base Camp and Mount Everest," Cox said.

Cox said the toughest part of the trip was trying to get acclimated to the altitude. She said the side effects included a lack of sleep, loss of appetite and some difficulty breathing.

She finished the trip on April 14, before returning to Denver on April 17.

Cox said the best part of the trip was the view from Kalapattar. Cox never had climbed a 14,000-foot peak in Colorado, but said the trip to Everest was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she couldn't miss.

Thursday's slideshow should last about an hour, including time for questions.

If you go

What: Slideshow of trip to Mount Everest Base Camp

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library community room

Cost: Free, but a donation to Partners in Routt County is encouraged

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