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$170,000+ Raised for Nepal School — Let the Rebuild Begin!

Katie Rose Fis­ch­er-Price, daugh­ter of Moun­tain Mad­ness founder Scott Fis­ch­er, writes in with an update on the suc­cess of the recent ben­e­fit fea­tur­ing Ed Vies­turs and Dawa Gel­jen Sher­pa. Since the time of her writ­ing, more con­tri­bu­tions have arrived to rebuild and expand the Himalayan Eng­lish Board­ing School, bring­ing the total to $170,000 so far. It’s not too late to donate! 

Dawa Gel­jen Sher­pa (l) and MM Pres­i­dent Mark Gun­log­son at the Himalayan Eng­lish Board­ing School last year. Mark Gun­log­son photo

Still so full of shock and grat­i­tude about this event. On March 2nd, Natal­ie Dupille and I host­ed 300 peo­ple the Hilton Hotel to help sup­port Dawa Gel­jen Sher­pa and his mis­sion to rebuild the Himalayan Eng­lish Board­ing School in Luk­la, Nepal. The school will be named after my father, Scott Fis­ch­er and has giv­en my fam­i­ly the abil­i­ty to take own­er­ship of his ever-evolv­ing legacy.

Katie Rose Fis­ch­er-Price, Natal­ie Dupille, and Andy Fis­ch­er-Price (l to r) pre­sent­ing to the group. Nil Tili­ja photo

It was a sur­re­al expe­ri­ence stand­ing in front of a room full of climbers, sup­port­ers, and all around awe­some peo­ple. I got to lis­ten Ed Vies­turs tell sto­ries about climb­ing with my dad, auc­tion off some of my dad’s old gear for a good cause and tell some of my own sto­ries about trav­el­ing in Nepal. Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee even came and gave us his bless­ing!! I was com­plete­ly blown away by the sup­port and the ener­gy I felt that night. We end­ed up rais­ing about $147,000 for the school. Can’t believe it. THANK YOU to all who came, donat­ed, and sup­port­ed from afar. 

Ed Vies­turs show­ing a pho­to of him­self and Scott Fis­ch­er climb­ing K2. Niall Mot­son photo

We will also be hold­ing a ben­e­fit con­cert on May 21st at Hales Brew­ery so stay tuned!

I could not be more thank­ful for my part­ner in crime Natal­ie Dupille for all of her hard work, tal­ent and friend­ship. Some­how the two of us pulled this thing off and I could not be proud­er of us.

Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee address­es the group of 300 sup­port­ers. Mark Gun­log­son photo

Also a big thank you to Ed Vies­turs, Dawa Gel­jen Sher­pa, Jere­mi­ah Khan, Martha Kongs­gaard, Nawang Gel­jen Sher­pa, Niall Mot­son, Andy Fis­ch­er-Price, Jean­nie Price, Mark Gun­log­son, Moun­tain Mad­ness, Matt & Car­lin Press­nall, Gov­er­nor Inslee, all of my roomies, and so many more! You are appreciated!!!

Min­di Katz­man, Natal­ie Dupille, Katie Rose Fis­ch­er-Price, and Dawa Gel­jen Sher­pa (l to r). Nial Mot­son photo