Mt Everest summiteer says “You Can” to Challenge to Excellence students
PARKER - Mountain climber, Kim Hess, had to try and try again to achieve her childhood dream of summiting Mt. Everest. Hess has survived 26 broken bones and the 2015 Nepali Earthquake while stationed at Base Camp 2 on Mt. Everest.
Her first attempt to climb Mt. Everest ended in a tragedy for an entire country. She stayed in Nepali for a month to help rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. She returned in 2016 to complete her dream and successfully summit Mt Everest.
Her story riveted 150 sixth through eighth grade middle school students at Challenge to Excellence (C2E), a Parker-based Charter school. Beyond the amazing accomplishment of a Mt. Everest summit, Hess taught the students about perseverance and persistence to achieve your dreams, even acknowledging that sometimes you may even be overcoming your own self-doubts.
“There was a moment on the summit of Mt Everest at 29,034ft when I recalled one person in particular who said I would never stand on top the world. That person was myself. Sometimes our biggest obstacle or setback in life can be ourselves," shared Hess. "Reminding myself that I was capable of anything I put my mind to, I smiled, laughed and danced because I had done it...I found my happy.”