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Celebrating Everest in the US
17:01 p.m. EDT May 11, 2003
To honor the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s Everset summit, the American Himalayan Foundation is going to hold a giant party in San Francisco on June 10th. Ed Hillary and many other climbers will be there to celebrate and party. “It’s the official North American Everest celebration – emphasis on celebration.” Tickets and reservation information can be found on the AHF’s website.

Michael Chessler of Chessler Books writes in his latest newsletter that tickets are almost sold out for the event. Prior to the AHF’s celebration, Michael is having an Everest celebration of his own this upcoming week. It’s for all the Everest lovers out there:

"In about a week we will finish our first ever catalog on MOUNT EVEREST only. It will have new books, used books, signed books, videos, posters, guidebooks, maps, ephemera, you name it. It is a huge project, a real landmark, and we hope you will enjoy it. As soon as it is finished we will e-mail it to you, followed by a paper catalog.

It will include all the new 50th anniversary books being done this year to commemorate the anniversary of Tenzing and Hillary's ascent on May 29, 1953 (and Gombu and Whittaker's 40th anniversary as well!). We may the only American source for many of these books, and some will be autographed by Ed Hillary!

We are off on a secret mission for 5 days, and when we return we hope to have a pile of books signed by some of the greatest climbers of the twentieth century, who wrote some of the greatest climbing books. If successful, our next e-mail will be a mind blower!"


"The American Himalayan Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 dedicated to helping the people and ecology of the Himalaya. Their work includes projects in health care, education, cultural preservation and environmental conservation."

Chessler Books is a goldmine for mountaineering and exploration books - over 2700 titles


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