Ed Hixson, M.D., will present "Three expeditions to Mount Everest" at noon Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Cantwell Community Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library. This is the opening program of the fall 2013 ?-?spring 2014 season.
Hixson graduated from Middlebury College, and the University of Vermont College Of Medicine, completing his internship and residency at the University of Vermont. He served in the army medical corps and later in the Vermont National Guard as battalion surgeon. He retired in 2011, after practicing general surgery at the Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, for 40 years.
His interest in climbing began at age five in summer camp in the Adirondacks. Included in mountain ascents since then are the Adirondack High Peaks, New Hampshire's White Mountains, Washington's Mount Rainier, Alaska's McKinley and Peru's Nevada Huascaran. He has also climbed in Pakistan, the Italian Alps and Tierra Del Fuego.
Hixson will show slides and tell about climbing Mount Everest, first through Tibet in 1982 with a trip organized through Lou Whittaker, followed by a second attempt in Nepal and a third climb in Tibet. Over a period of two years he spent nine months on Mount Everest. In addition to extensively lecturing on cold weather injury and high altitude illness, he has written several papers and book chapters on the subject.
Attendees are asked to bring soup or sandwich as well and enjoy desserts and beverages provided by the Hospitality Committee. The Program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 518-891-4190.