EVEREST: Friendship Beyond Borders Expedition

First Attempt, One Artificial Leg, Trained Enroute, Summit Success

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Upon her return to Kathmandu, Linda met wth Dr Alton Byers at The Mountain Institute which has received a grant from The American Alpine Club for a reforestation project in the Imja Tse (Island Peak) area of the Khumbu region.

While in Lukla, Linda met with Ben Ayres, the American founder of the important non-profit organization Porters' Progress, which is working to improve the lives and working conditions for porters in Nepal.

In September 2003 Linda attended the 5th World Parks Congress in South Africa, where she promoted the important part that climbers can play in the management and protection of mountain areas around the world.

Expedition Team Member

Linda McMillan, Public Relations Manager

A native of Texas who has lived in northern California most of her life, Linda is the wife of Tom McMillan and has been a climber for 20 years. Together they have enjoyed climbing peaks and cliffs in the US, the European Alps, northern Wales, and South America. In addition, she has had the opportunity to climb with international friends in Japan, Sweden, and South Africa.

She worked closely with the team in a variety of ways as: public relations and publicity manager, press contact, webmaster, equipment procurer, spare set of hands, photographer, chronicler of the expedition, and a watchful "mother" to the team members during the trek and at base camp.

A business consultant, she also contributes her time to projects for The American Alpine Club and the UIAA (the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation). She has traveled around the world advocating for the protection of mountain environments and reasonable access to them. She works to bring land managers, local communities, and climbers together to promote mountain stewardship. Before leaving Nepal in late April, she took the chance to catch up with some of her mountain advocate colleagues working in Kathmandu.

She and her husband live in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. Her adult son and daughter also live in California.





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