Jody Thompson and Kim Clark will present their expedition to Everest for Keystone Science School fund-raiser |

Jody Thompson and Kim Clark will present their expedition to Everest for Keystone Science School fund-raiser

KEYSTONE – Since returning from their six-week trip to Mount Everest, Jody Thompson and Kim Clark have received endless requests to share their stories.

The two women, who are best friends, were part of the five-member Team No Boundaries that attempted to be the first all-women group to summit the world’s tallest peak last April. They will present “An Evening on Everest” at the Keystone Center Thursday as a fund-raiser for the Keystone Science School.

Although Team No Boundaries had to turn back with about 285 feet to go to the 29,035-foot summit because of bad weather and other obstacles, team members have plenty of stories to share. The stories range from the team’s struggle to overcome oxygen deprivation on the way up, to a near disaster on the way down, when team members narrowly escaped tons of collapsing ice.

The stories have been shared on The Today Show, CNN, in Oprah Magazine and National Geographic, but Thompson, who lives in Frisco, and Clark, who is a former Summit County resident attending nursing school in Denver, will tell their stories to Summit residents Thursday.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Thompson said. “People want to see the slides and hear the story, but we also like to bop in some (anecdotes) on things that happened in certain places – like pointing out what happened to Peter on the Lhotse Face.”

Lhotse Face is one of the steepest and most exposed areas on Everest, and the area where British climber Peter Legate fell to his death the day before Thompson and Clark’s group had to climb it. But the stories don’t end there for Thompson and Clark. Last month, the two women presented a slide show of their trip at Wilderness Sports in Frisco, and people were spilling out the door to see it.

“I guess we inspired a lot of women,” Thompson said. “This woman came up to me after (the Wilderness Sports) presentation, and told me, “I can go climb a fourteener now.’ She said she just moved into town, and said she hadn’t wanted to climb a tall peak until she saw what we did. Everyone’s got different goals. It’s great to hear that we might help people want to achieve them.”

Thursday’s presentation will provide Thompson and Clark a chance to share their story with a new group of listeners.

“It’s nice to have a cause rather than just showing slides to friends in a casual situation,” Thompson said. “It’s going to be a social thing.”

The Everest presentation will raise money for scholarship programs at Keystone Science School, which teaches elementary to college-aged students about environmental and scientific issues in Summit County.

“Local schools and Denver schools come to Keystone Science to look into real environmental issues,” said Alison Gooding, development associate at Keystone Science School. “They might look at something like the reintroduction of the lynx, mountain ecology or snow science. What we’re trying to accomplish is an interest in the outdoors, and Jody and Kim certainly fall into that realm. It’s a service to the community to hear their story. People are very proud of them, and want to hear it first-hand. It’s an honor to the school to have them here.”


An Evening on Everest

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Keystone Center, located behind the Conference Center. The reception kicks off with homemade appetizers, wine, beer and a raffle. Kim Clark and Jody Thompson will begin their Everest expedition slide show presentation around 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25, or $10 for children 12 and under, and are available at Keystone Science School, The Keystone Center and Mountain View Sports in Keystone. For more information, call (970) 513-5800 or (970) 513-5845.

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