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Byron Smith Intro Highlights Byron makes television history by organizing and leading the most extensively televised Everest expedition—ever
Byron makes Canadian history speaking with Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, on live television from Everest Basecamp
3 months of daily live televised broadcasts start in Kathmandu and culminate on the summit of Everest on May 21, 2000
Byron's Everest 2000 Expedition becomes only the second Canadian Everest expedition to be endorsed by The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation
School children in CBC’s Toronto studio have 30-minute live televised question and answer interview with Byron at Everest Basecamp
Byron funds development of in-depth educational program in conjunction with Everest 2000 Expedition; the program is based on the essential life skills key to Byron’s success— goal-setting, problem-solving, and decision-making
Everest 2000 Expedition touches millions of Canadians and becomes one of the top 5 news events in Canada
Byron Smith Everest Expeditions

As a mountaineer, Byron Smith has always set high standards for himself, climbing in the Canadian,U.S. Rockies, and on all of the Seven Continents. He has summited the highest mountain on each of the seven Continents, Mount Everest in Asia, Mount Elbrus in Europe, Mount Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Carstensz Pyramid in Australasia, Mount McKinley in North America, and Mount Vinson in Antarctica.

In March of 1998, his pursuit of excellence carried him to the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, where he faced the ultimate challenge—Mount Everest.

After successfully climbing to the South Summit of Everest, the second highest point on earth, Byron was forced to stop 270 feet and 45 minutes from the summit.

Lacking the rope required to safely reach the summit, Byron had to make one of the most difficult decisions of his life. Thoughts of his wife and son—tempered by logic, percentages, and safety—compelled Byron to turn back.

“Byron was, without a doubt, the strongest and most motivated climber on Everest… His awe-some fitness, strength and determination on the slopes gained him the total respect of everyone on the mountain, including the Sherpas, in itself not an easy feat”.

Rob Owen, Everest mountaineer
Byron would return to climb Everest by the spring of 2000. This time, however, he would organize and lead his own expedition.

Byron took ownership of every detail of his Everest 2000 Expedition—from research and planning to fundraising and public relations.

Completing his goal and reaching the top of Everest on May 21, 2000 at 7:05 am, Byron succeeded in making Everest 2000 one the most successful climbs, and one of the most televised Everest Expeditions in History.

Everest 2000


The trek to Everest Basecamp


CBC Live Television Broadcast from Everest


Daily Email and Presswork from Basecamp


Receiving Award from Nepalese Prime Minister


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