Everest mountaineer to speak at banquet Nov. 2

Oct 16, 2013
Courtesy of: Schelleen Scott-Rathkopf Schelleen Scott-Rathkopf assisted the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999, when team members found the body of accomplished British mountaineer George Leigh Mallory.

In 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Irvine were last seen just a few hundred feet below the summit of Mt. Everest, never to be seen again.

Their disappearance has captivated the imaginations of adventurers for decades who have wondered if they could have claimed the first ascent of Everest before Sir Edmund Hillary’s success in 1953.

On May 1, 1999, the 75th anniversary of the disappearance, members of the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition – notable high-altitude climbers – found the body of George Mallory near the 27,000 foot point on the mountain.

With this find, many new clues were uncovered about the disappearance of the most accomplished British mountaineer of his time.

Hardened explorers and armchair adventurers alike are invited to the annual Everett Mountaineers Banquet to hear mountaineer Schelleen Scott-Rathkopf share her stories and personal photographs from her experiences as a team member with the expedition.

Scott-Rathkopf, a 1993 graduate of the Seattle Mountaineers Basic Alpine Climbing Course with a background in marketing and design, traveled with the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition in 1999 to Mt. Everest to assist PBS Nova and the BBC film crews.

The banquet includes a buffet dinner, recognition of Everett Mountaineer member’s accomplishments through the past year and the popular Dessert Dash fundraiser put on by Outdoor Youth Connections (www.outdooryouthconnections.org), which will also announce its grant recipients.

The banquet will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Medallion Hotel in Marysville. A no-host social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Everett Mountaineers website, www.everettmountaineers.org, via PayPal services provided by Outdoor Youth Connections. No sales at the door.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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