Due to popular demand, Grandfather Mountain will host Pema Tshiri Sherpa, a professional Nepalese sherpa, for a second event at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.
Registration quickly filled for the first event, “An Evening with Pema Tshiri Sherpa,” scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m., prompting organizers to offer one earlier in the day.
“An Afternoon with Pema Tshiri Sherpa” will take place Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and is free to attend, although registration is required, as space is limited to 80 attendees.
Pema’s presentation will focus on life in Nepal and his experiences as a sherpa, including summiting Mt. Everest eight times and becoming the only trek leader to personally walk every mile of the roughly 960-mile Great Himalaya Trail.
He’ll also discuss his non-government organization, Sherpa Welfare Nepal Foundation, which aids in earthquake relief, recovery and rebuilding, following the devastating 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Nepal, including Pema’s village of Hill. To raise funding for his efforts, Pema will also be selling hand-knit Nepalese shawls, made with yak fur.
Since his arrival to the High Country last Tuesday, Pema has shared his experiences with students at Avery County High School, Avery Middle School and Cranberry Middle School, as well as a class at REI in Asheville. He’ll also meet with several civic organizations, including Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk and Rotary Club of Avery County, before departing Friday.
“Pema is an extraordinary fellow, and his stories are nothing short of captivating,” said Lesley Platek, volunteer coordinator with the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, which is organizing Pema’s High Country visit. “He’s looking forward to sharing them with the folks at BRAHM. If those last events are any indication, they’re in for a real treat.”
To RSVP for the Jan. 18 afternoon event at BRAHM, located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock, contact Platek at (828) 733-2013 or [email protected].
The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or visit www.grandfather.com to plan a trip.