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Colby-Sawyer to Host Mount Everest Climber, Environmentalist and Businessman Brent Bishop

NEW LONDON, N.H. — Colby-Sawyer College will host a presentation by mountain climber, environmentalist and businessman Brent Bishop.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in Wheeler Hall of the Ware Campus Center and is sponsored by the college's Cultural Events Committee. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Brent Bishop followed in the footsteps of his father, Barry Bishop, a member of the first American team to summit Mount Everest, and first reached the top of the world's tallest peak in 1994. He returned in 2002 with the National Geographic Mt. Everest Expedition to mark the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain. In 1994 Bishop co-founded the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition (SEE), committed to cleaning trash off the slopes of Everest. Since then, the organization has removed more than 25,000 pounds of trash from the mountain.

Bishop studied economics at Duke University and earned an MBA from the University of Washington in 1993. His business experience ranges from consulting with Fortune 500 companies to internet start-up ventures. He divides his time between Bozeman, Mont., and Seattle, Wash., where he is either working as a business development consultant or climbing.

Bishop and his brother-in-law, Greg Mortenson, best-selling author of Three Cups of Tea, began Pakistan's first porter training program which teaches conservation, hygiene and sanitation, first aid and crevasse rescue. More than 600 porters have attended the training. The two also began a Karakoram base camp cleanup that is entirely managed and supervised by local Baltis. This is done at a fraction of the cost for outsourcing cleanup expeditions. Over a period of two years the Baltis removed a staggering 15,800 pounds of garbage.

As a speaker, Bishop bridges the worlds of climbing and business through his wealth of mountaineering and professional experience. His presentations draw on an exquisite body of mountain images, while his themes focus on the importance of vision, goal setting, leadership and teamwork.

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-Kate Seamans

Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Students learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with professional experience.

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