Laurie Skreslet

October 5, 2012 by  

Laurie Skreslet, Laurie Skreslet (born October 25, 1949) is a mountaineer best known for his ascent of Mount Everest. An only child, he was born in Calgary, Alberta.

On October 5, 1982 at 9:30am local time, Skreslet became the first Canadian to reach the summit of Mount Everest, via the southeast col route.

The 1982 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition (sponsored by Air Canada) had taken five years to plan, $3 million to finance and required 27 tons of equipment to outfit the party. The expedition also experienced tragedy when four climbers perished in the Khumbu Icefall during setup of Camp I.

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