, leader of the Canadian Everest Light Expedition, celebrates with his teammates at Camp II as Sharon Wood and Dwayne Congden reach the top of the world. Sharon became the first woman from the Western Hemisphere to stand on that little patch of snow and ice.
Three years of preparation, planning and training, culminating in seventy-six grueling days of high-altitude climbing in minus 40° degree temperatures and winds of over 100 miles per hour, have gone into this defining moment.
Jim is one of North America's leading high-altitude climbers and the only Canadian to have led a successful expedition up an often tried but never completed route from Tibet to the summit of Mount Everest.
The history-making Everest Light Expedition drew on Jim's crucial talents as a motivator, inspirational leader and master of team process, setting a new standard of success on Everest: a small team climbing a daring new route with limited resources.