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August 15, 1982: Canada's 1st Everest attempt

Thirty years ago today, on August 15th, 1982, the first Canadian expedition to Mt. Everest arrived at base camp.

It was the start of the long Canadian push for the summit.

Six weeks later, two men eventually made it to the top. Lawrie Skreslet from Calgary was the first. Pat Morrow, from Invermere, was the second.
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But the price was high.

Vancouver climber and CBC cameraman Blair Griffiths was killed on the Khumbu glacier, along with four sherpas.

Today, members of the 1982 Everest expedition are gathering in Canmore for a reunion.

Two of them joined Daybreak host Chris Walker to speak about the experience.
 
Pat Morrow was the expedition's photographer. Dave Read was a key member of the climbing party and is now a mountaineer and sailor based in Australia.

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