Byron Smith Intro Highlights
Byron makes television history
by organizing and leading the
most extensively televised
Byron makes Canadian history
speaking with Canadian Prime
Minister, Jean Chrétien, on
live television from Everest
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
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—
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 would return to climb Everest by the spring of 2000. This time, however, he would organize and lead his own expedition.
“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 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.
The trek to Everest Basecamp
CBC Live Television Broadcast from Everest
Daily Email and Presswork from Basecamp
Receiving Award from Nepalese Prime Minister