Bellingham climber reaches top of Mount Everest

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 21, 2013 

A Bellingham climber has summited the 29,029-foot Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, and achieved his quest to climb to the highest summit on seven of the seven continents.

Dave Mauro, a 50-year-old financial planner at UBS in Bellingham and an improv actor, was part of a team of 21 people to reach the summit on Monday, May 20, in Nepal, according to his climbing guides, the International Mountain Guides. (With the time difference, the summit occurred on May 19 in Washington state.)

Success also would make Mauro just one of 65 Americans to achieve the seven summits quest, he said in an interview with The Bellingham Herald prior to leaving Bellingham for the ascent.

He also hoped to raise $29,029 for the Bellingham Boys & Girls Club as part of his latest expedition - one dollar for each foot of Everest.

Mauro's "Climbing for Kids" campaign has raised more than $20,000, as of Tuesday, May 21.

"He is such an inspiration, challenging himself to reach for his goals and to take the steps - literally - to achieve those dreams. A lot of our kids don't have role models in their lives and Dave Mauro is a role model in the truest sense," said Jill Reid, director of Bellingham Boys & Girls Club.

She said Mauro's fundraising effort is drawing "attention and support to the crucial programs we provide for over 4,000 local youth and teens."


HOW TO HELP, GET INFO

• Donate to Bellingham resident Dave Mauro's "Climbing for Kids" fundraiser by going online to whatcomclubs.org. Mauro hopes to raise $29,029 to support the Bellingham Boys & Girls Club as part of his ascent of Mount Everest, which is 29,029 feet tall.

• More on Mauro's quest to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents - Mount Everest is the last - is on this website.

• The direct link to his Mount Everest quest is at mauroeverest.blogspot.com.

Reach Kie Relyea at kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-715-2234.

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