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Mansbridge One on One: Laurie Skreslet

The Story

When Laurie Skreslet reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1982, he thought to himself, "You're on top of the world." Skreslet was the first Canadian to successfully climb Everest. In this 2000 episode of Mansbridge One on One, Skreslet tells Peter Mansbridge about the difficulties and rewards of such an accomplishment. He also comments on the fame he achieved in Canada after returning home, and the biggest lesson he learned from climbing Everest.

Medium: Television
Program: Mansbridge One on One
Broadcast Date: April 30, 2000
Guest(s): Laurie Skreslet
Interviewer: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 22:23

Did You know?

• Laurie Skreslet was born in Calgary on Oct. 25, 1949. He was 32 years old when he reached the peak of Everest on Oct. 5, 1982.

• In 2003, he published a children's book about his climb called To the Top of Everest.

• A number of other Canadians have successfully climbed Everest since 1982, including Sharon Wood, who in 1986 became the first North American woman to reach the top.

• Canada's Byron Smith - who was mentioned in this clip because he was in the process of climbing up when this 2000 interview was conducted - was successful in making it to the top.



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