Rigging for Rescue instructors Dave Shuman and Philippe Wheelock recently returned from a month in Nepal, having volunteered their time to instruct the advanced rope rescue course for the Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) in the village of Phortse. Phortse is in the heart of the Khumbu region of Nepal and is home to many Sherpa mountain guides operating on Mt Everest and Ama Dablam. In fact, there are more Everest summiters residing in Phortse than any other place on earth.
The Khumbu Climbing Center was founded by Jennifer Lowe-Anker and Conrad Anker in memory of Alex Lowe. KCC continues to receive financial support and ongoing training expertise through the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation http://www.alexlowe.org/the-khumbu-climbing-center/.
Rigging for Rescue and its instructors have participated in numerous KCC events over the past decade. It is a tremendous honor to be able to collaborate with the KCC organizers and offer expertise in rope rescue techniques to a community of practitioners operating on the “roof of the world”. We are already planning a return visit for next year’s course offering.