invite corporations, individuals, businesses, and other organizations
to support the ongoing efforts of Nawang Sherpa and our Friendship
Beyond Borders Team to provide inspiration to amputees and other
people around the world. Here is information on how to send contributions
to support our team: Contributions.
following individuals and businesses have contributed crucial support
to our expeditions in a variety of important ways. We thank them for
their commitment to our Team's success!
Tom Halvorson and Greg Francisco, C.P.,R.T.P.O.,
Certified Prosthetists, owners of the Northern
Orthotic & Prosthetic Center
in Duluth, Minnesota. have provided
crucial support to Nawang and our expeditions. Read about Tom's
work with Nawang and Ed Hommer in this on-line interview.
was Ed Hommer's prosthetist and Nawang's prosthetist for his Everest
climb, fitting him with a comfortable, high altitude climbing prosthesis.
Tom also serves actively on the Board of Directors of the High Exposure
Foundation. Its goal is to help amputees return to their original
level of physical activity after recovering from debilitating injuries.
High Exposure Foundation, founded
by the late mountaineer, commercial airline pilot, and bi-lateral
amputee, Ed Hommer of Minnesota. The Foundation
continues to help Nawang Sherpa to receive advanced prosthetic equipment.
Peter McMillan, vintage aircraft
enthusiast who in 1994 built and flew a replica of a Vickers VIMY(WWI-era
biplane) with his Australian co-pilot from London to Australia to
recreate the first of three of the world's first long-distance flights.
You can learn more about Peter and the VIMY and its "Triple
Crown" of historic recreation flights at the VIMY
Aircraft Project website
Jim Wickwire, noted American climber, first American
ascent of K2 in 1978, friend and climbing partner of the late Ed
Hommer He is the author of the book Addicted
to Danger.Jim Wickwire climbed with Ed Hommer on Mt. Everest
in 2002. They were turned back from the summit by bad weather.
Walter Racette, Prosthetist/Orthotist
at the Department
of Orthopaedics, University of California at San Francisco Medical
School and incoming President of the American Orthotic &
Prosthetic Association (AOPA). Walter fitted Nawang Sherpa with
his first prosthesis, months after his accident. He arranged for
Nawang be featured as an "extreme athlete" and give a
presentation about his record-breaking ascent of Mount Everest at
the Annual Meeting of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
in September 2005.
Jangbu Sherpa, mountain guide,
and businessman. He grew up with Nawang in the Khumbu region, and
has reached the summit of Mt. Everest 5 times, twice without supplemental
Sherpa has climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest seven times. In
carried the 60 lb. IMAX camera with him to the summit for David
Breashear's IMAX movie "Everest".
McMillan, vintage aircraft enthusiast
who in 1994 built and flew a replica of a Vickers VIMY(WWI-era biplane)
with his Australian co-pilot from London to Australia to recreate
the world's first long-distance flight. You can learn more about
Peter and the VIMY and its "Triple Crown" of historic
recreation flights at the VIMY
Aircraft Project website
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professionals worldwide, including Pulitzer Prize, World Press Photo
and POYi winners. ZUMA is also the agent of major global picture
agencies and dozens of large dailies. With such outstanding content,
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of our successful EVEREST 2004: Friendship Beyond Borders Expedition
can be found on the Zuma website: http://www.zumapress.com
Govind Shahi of Himalayan Treasures & Travels
helped to arrange our team's flights to China for this expedition.
He and his staff are highly regarded specialists in
adventure and cultural trips to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Vietnam,
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.
The American Alpine Club, which has agreed to grant a
rare "sponsorship" to the expedition. This affords tax
deductibility advantages to those who contribute to the expedition.
The American Alpine Club is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
that has represented mountaineers and rock climbers for almost a
century. Since 1902, the AAC has been devoted to: exploration and
scientific study of high mountain elevations and polar regions of
the world; promotion and dissemination of knowledge about the mountains
and mountaineering through its meetings, publications and libraries;
conservation and preservation of mountain regions and other climbing
areas; and representation of the interests and concerns of the American
from AAC granting sponsorship
American Alpine Club sponsors highly qualified expeditions which
seek to advance or make an important contribution to science, the
environment, or American mountaineering in accordance with the Bylaws
and Charter of the Club.
Mount Everest in 2001
to become the first blind person to do so. He is also a very accomplished
rock climber, acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon
runner, paraglider, skier, husband, and parent who does not let
his blindness interfere with his ability to live life fully. Erik
is also a popular public
speaker and author of a book about Everest: Touch
the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther than
the Eye Can See. Photo courtesy of Erik Weihenmayer and TouchTheTop.com.
2006 Friendship Beyond Borders Expedition will go a long
way in highlighting the abilities of people to overcome
huge challenges in life. It will also demonstrate the value
of international friendships and the power of different
races and abilities roping together to accomplish great
~ Erik Weihenmayer ~
his Everest expedition, Erik and six of his teammates taught mountaineering
and rock climbing skills to a group of teenaged blind students in
Tibet from the Braille
Without Borders center. In October 2004 they climbed together
to 21,000 ft on the north side of Mount Everest. A documentary about
Erik's climb will be released at theaters in the US in Spring 2006,
and will help to raise awareness of the abilities of disabled people
throughout the Third World and beyond.
Systems has donated some of their advanced
prosthetic equipment that Nawang will use on the challlenging
ice and snow of Cho Oyu. Prosthetic Product Manager Chris
DeHart is having Nawang test two of their newly-designed Cadence
prosthetic feet: one for climbing on snow, and a slightly
heavier one perfect for climbing on ice, which will be the
most difficult part of the Cho Oyu ascent.
AMB Property Corporation and AMB
employees have again contributed to the support of our Friendship
Beyond Borders Expedition and its goals, as they did for our EVEREST
2004 expedition. Special thanks to Shaun Flinn for lending his incredible,
tireless marathon training and fundraising efforts to our expedition.
Special thanks also to the talented Anita Kovacs for her outstanding
design of our Expedition Patch and logo. AMB is based in San Francisco,
California, and in December 2005 added a
new facility in Shanghai to its international locations.
Realty has kindly provided very significant support
to our Friendship Beyond Borders expedition this year. Wal-Mart
has a growing number of stores in China, and reflects the international
aspect of our expedition. We appreciate Wal-Mart Realty's strong
support of Nawang Sherpa's climbing goals and his efforts to inspire
amputees around the world.
is an international consulting firm specializing in
the design of satellite and fixed wireless communication
systems for governments, development agencies, multi-national
organizations and corporations. Their products and services
offer reliable and secure connections in the most extreme
environments. I-LINX is also a small, women-owned company.
I-LINX specializes in Inmarsat and Iridium
mobile satellite services, fixed and portable VSATs, and
international private leased lines. Their services improve
access to information, reduce communication costs, and
offer immediate security in the world's most remote and
isolated areas. Their equipment was extremely valuable
to our team and its safety, allowing us to receive weather
forecasts, update our website, and resolve logistical
is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing
of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise,
Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications.
Our team will be using some of their new hard drives with extreme
environmental protection, and will conduct tests of their performance
at high altitudes.
is dedicated to the creation and operation of superior quality indoor
rock climbing and fitness facilities. They create a friendly, supportive,
fun and safe environment where participants of all ages and ability
levels can participate in athletic and social activities. They also
provide outreach programs to their communities, creating opportunities
for individuals to challenge themselves, building confidence and
Ohio Willow Wood
their Alpha Cushion Liners necessary to reduce the shear forces
placed on Nawang's residual limb during ambulation.
North Face makes technical outdoor equipment and clothing
for outdoor pursuits. They really came through for us when we needed
some gear delivered just before we left for Nepal.
the first in a revolutionary new line of Personal Cooking Systems
(PCS) that offer a fast and simple solution to cooking in the outdoors.
Our team will be energized by Jetboil’s
Java Kit that includes the Jetboil PCS, Jetboil Coffee Press,
Jetpower fuel, and a 1.75-ounce sample of Newman’s Own Organics
Fair Trade Certified™ coffee. Newman’s Own® Organics Fair Trade
Certified™ coffee is roasted and packaged exclusively by Green Mountain
has been innovating and setting the standard for technical outdoor
footwear since 1928. On Cho Oyu, our team will be wearing the Olympus
Mons EVO mountaineering boots, the world's most technically advanced
cold weather high altitude mountaineering boot for extreme conditions
on high peaks. Many thanks to Jonathan Lantz for his help to our
performance healthcare products utilizing unique Nanotechnology
delivery systems. Our team will be using their Joint & Muscle Pain
Relief Cream, which is engineered to satisfy the needs of elite
athletes, weekend warriors, and everyday active individuals.
Fry's Electronics was founded as a
Silicon Valley retail electronics store to provide a one-stop-shopping
environment for the Hi-Tech Professional. Fry's continues to keep
hi-tech professionals supplied with products representing the latest
technological trends and advances in the personal computer marketplace.