February 21, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jeff Strite, a 1990 graduate of Bucknell University, will discuss his experiences climbing Mt. Everest Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Bucknell Outing Club.

Strite has climbed several mountains including Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, the Denali traverse, Pico Orizaba, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Illiniza.

As part of a team of five clumbers who formed an expedition in November 2005, Strite climbed to about 28,000 feet after reaching the balcony on the Summit Ridge. Mt. Everest is 29,035 feet high.

Strite says, "Weather was not very cooperative (his team was caught in an avalanche) and I suffered a high altitude cerebral edema and needed a rescue from the upper slopes." This was Strite's third trip to Nepal and his second to Mt. Everest.

Owner of Exterior Wood Designs Inc. in Arlington, Va., Strite graduated with honors from Bucknell with a bachelor of science degree in business management.

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Story posted Feb. 21, 2006

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