October 4, 2022:
The past two days have been so incredibly hard knowing that we’ve lost one of the greatest souls and one of best friends I’ve had over the years in Nepal. Dawa Chhiring (a.k.a. DC) was swept away in an avalanche on Mt. Manaslu while descending back to base camp.
DC was larger than life yet so humble. You could be walking down the street and smile at DC and never have any idea that he reached the top of Mt. Everest 6 times, Mt. Manaslu 6 times, Cho Oyu, Luboche, Shishapangma, and many other mountains.
In 2021, DC was instrumental in Mike Posner achieving his dream of reaching the top of the world. His kindness, attention to detail, and genuine love for people are examples of how we should all live. Even on the summit of Everest, when he could have been taking a break and enjoying the views, he was still leading and helping us enjoy the moment. It was a downright honor to stand on the top of the world with him!
Last December, when I was in Nepal leading a study abroad for Colorado Mountain College, we took some the students to the Boudthanah temple in Kathmandu. While there, I felt a soft tap on my shoulder and it was DC! We hugged and walked around the stupa that day with his son and nephew.
I can’t believe he is gone on what has become an awful season on Manaslu. I leave in 10 days to head back to Nepal to guide a trek with Mike and DC was supposed to assist us. Instead, we will be visiting his family and offering our condolences.
Mike and I are dedicating our trek to Everest Base Camp this month to him. We are raising money for DC's wife and kids through my non-profit, the NOD Everest Foundation (more information below on the Foundation).
If you would like to support DC and his family or any of our other Nepal Initiatives through a tax deductible donation to our foundation, please scroll down and click the link below.
DC leaves behind a son Karma and his wife. Mike and I will be visiting them later this month and providing them some funds to help them out in this uncertain, sad time for them.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of October 2022. We are grateful for any amount you'd like to give.
While the family certainly needs these immediate funds, we are also working to establish an education fund for DC's boys and for future education for many other families impacted by these mountain tragedies. All donations beyond the first $5000 will be allocated to this fund.
All funds will raised in October 2022 will go directly to DC's family. We are a 501(c)3 so all donations are tax deductible.
The N.O.D. Everest Foundation, a 501(c)3 entity, was founded in 2016 to benefit a handful of philanthropic and educational pursuits. We host fundraising campaigns for Nepal through education and service projects, including a new partnership for a study abroad program with Colorado Mountain College. The Everest Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior student athlete from Eagle Valley High School in the amount of up to $2000 based on need. We also host and direct summer basketball camps in the Vail Valley as fundraisers for our initiatives.
Our primary goal is to give back to the communities that have supported us through the years. Our world has enough resources so that no one should go hungry, but resources are not distributed appropriately. We can't solve this for everyone but we can for someone.
Interested in donating to our Everest Scholarship Fund or our fundraising initiatives for the Sherpa community in Nepal? Donate below or you can send a check Payable to The N.O.D. Everest Foundation, PO Box 541, Edwards CO. 81632.
Between Jon's expeditions to K2 (Jan-Feb 2021) and Everest (April-May 2021), he was able to raise $20,000 for Sherpas and High Altitude Porters. These unheralded support staff of mountain expeditions lost a lot of income due to the pandemic in 2020, with most international travel and expeditions curtailed.
Thank you so much for your donations!
Every summer, The N.O.D. Basketball Academy hosts basketball camps for youth, featuring high school and college coaches. Proceeds go to our non-profit and benefit a graduating high school senior for college with the Everest Scholarship.
Highlights of the camp include: instruction from high school and college-level coaches, friendly competitive drills and games, giveaways from sponsors, beginner to advanced skill work, and young player development through games and contests with an emphasis on ball-handling, individual and team defense, rebounding, and shooting.
Mentoring to youth through visits to schools locally, regionally, and nationally. This includes visits to classrooms and for school assemblies to educate our kids into making the right choices. The focus is motivation, teamwork, goal setting, and working hard in sports or in the classroom, which translates over into real life.
We have also recently launched a study abroad program for Colorado Mountain College, taking young men and women to the Everest region to support several of our ongoing non-profit service projects in partnership with the Sherpa Foundation.
Dr. Jon Kedrowski is a board member and active participant in the projects of the non-profit the Sherpa Foundation. Past projects were centered on raising funds following the 2015 magnitude 7.9 earthquake and rebuilding efforts and need-based on-going assistance in the Everest Region of Nepal.
Most recently, Jon has launched several fundraising campaigns to go along with his expeditions to Nepal and Pakistan, to raise money for the Sherpa and porter communities that have been devastated by the financial impacts of the income loss due to the COVID pandemic.
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