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Week of October 2, 2000
Religion teacher plans second Everest climb
By ANH HOANG
WCR Staff Writer
There are as many reasons to climb a mountain as there are climbers.
Dave Rodney, 36, has his own reasons for climbing Mount Everest . . . again.
The Calgary religious studies teacher, who had taken the year off to work on a book and to give talks to just about anyone who invites him, is preparing for another climb to the top of Everest, the world's highest peak.
Rodney, who was working on a master's degree in religious studies at Newman Theological College when he climbed Everest in May 1999, used his climbing experience to complete his thesis on sacred spaces.
This time, Rodney said he is "climbing with a conscience." He will use the climb to raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Foundation and Light up Nepal, a project to provide proper lighting for the people of Nepal.
Rodney will be accompanied by Leo Kelly, 50, and his son Deryl, 25, who each have 20 years of climbing experience.
If the trio make it to the summit, they will break a few records. Rodney would be the first Canadian to summit Everest twice, and the Kellys would be the first father and son and the oldest and youngest climbers to reach Everest's peak.
The trio plan to leave for Nepal March 17 and Rodney is preparing physically, mentally and financially for the expedition he expects will cost $500,000.
Climbing is a dangerous sport, but he doesn't see the risk of death or injury any less or greater than if he was at home.
"Yeah, I could die on Everest, but I could also die crossing the street. Knowing that you could die at anytime should make you live life to the fullest.
"It's appalling to me how some people imprison themselves to fear.
"The people I know who climb are not dumb rock jocks with a death wish. They have a life wish, to live life to the fullest."
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