On Top of the World
Last Sunday, May 20, a local woman climbed to the top of Mount Everest. Meagan MacGrath is her name. With the exception of the local radio station playing an audio message from her from the top of the World and some promotional material through the Sudbury Science Centre, which had an exhibit on her and followed her progress daily, there has been little mention of her achievement in the news. I have been waiting to read more. I guess there was not time or space among the "news of fresh disasters" to celebrate Meagan's achievement.
Meagan MacGrath on top of Mount Everest.
These days a lot of people climb to the top of Mount Everest, a truly dangerous and strenuous achievement. What makes Meagan achievement exceptional is that it is the last of her climbs. She has now climbed the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. Now that is truly a remarkable achievement showing skill, determination and fulfilment of a dream.
Meagan is a Captain in the Canadian Air Force. She is an aerospeace engineer. Climbing Mount Everest is the first time a member of the Canadian Forces has achieved this. Also, at 29, she is the youngest Canadian woman to summit Everest and achieve the seven summits. (Here is a geography challenge, "Can you name them all?)
Way to go Captain MacGrath!
To read a little more about Meagan's achievement and listen to her little audio broadcast visit the Science Centres web pages
Science North Cool Science Meagan MacGrath's Everest Adventure