Thursday the 1st of September will mark the first day of the Fall 2011 Finding Life Expedition “Our Cho Oyu Challenge – What’s Yours?” Adventure Filmmaker and Finding Life Founder Elia Saikaly will partner with friend and fellow climber Kheiry Sammakieh to attempt to the summit Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet.Mt Cho Oyu, 8201m, is the 6th Highest Mountain in the World, it lies in the Himalayas and is 20 km west of Mount Everest, at the border between China and Nepal. Cho Oyu means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan.

This expedition is building on the success of previous FindingLife Expeditions where thousands of Canadian students have followed in real time from their classrooms using innovative technology. Once again, students and educators are encouraged to follow along and participate in the new initiative.

Elia and Kheiry will be attempting the summit from the North West Ridge, with the use of supplemental oxygen. “Our aim is to create a Himalayan experience for the viewer through technology and social media. We often overlook all of the little stories of the Himalayas – the villagers, the Sherpas, the children and the reality of living in such hostile and beautiful environments -This is what we hope to bring to life for our followers while creating another meaningful youth campaign.”

Friend and climbing partner Kheiry Sammakieh adds: “It is an absolute honor to be part of the Finding Life team this year. Elia and I climb well together and this expedition has been a long time coming, it’s incredibly exciting and it’s finally here!’

Kheiry hopes to be the youngest Lebanese national to summit an 8000m peak and aims to transact the highest financial transaction done on land by trading Republic of Lebanon eurobonds from the summit. This record will be recorded on film by the Finding Life team.



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