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Climbing Mt. Everest, The World’s Highest Peak – Presentation by US Assistant Principal Ryan Dahlem

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Wednesday, January 19, 9 – 10 a.m. Location: Chapel

Parents and Guests,

Please join the Middle School student body for a special assembly on Wednesday, January 19 to hear Upper School Assistant Principal Ryan Dahlem and his father Dr. John Dahlem speak about their successful Himalayan expedition and climb of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 29,035 ft., in the spring of 2010.

The Dahlems will retell their 66-day journey that began on March 28, 2010 and took them through Kathmandu, Nepal, and the Khumbu Valley to the famed Everest Base Camp where they spent two months of grueling acclimatization rotations to prepare for their summit bid. They encountered many cultures, religions and ways of life, as well as extreme physical demands that have brought them new perspective and unforgettable experiences, including standing on top of the world when they reached the summit on May 24, 2010. The Dahlems are the oldest father-son climbing team to summit Mt. Everest.

The presentation will feature dramatic high-definition footage and photography, including breathtaking images from the treacherous Khumbu Ice Fall and jubilant footage of the summit, and a display of the technical climbing gear that protected them in the extreme conditions.

To read more about the Dahlems’ May 2010 Mt. Everest climb, including coverage in The Orange County Register, click here.



  • Miriam Laird said:

    Congratulations Mr. Dahlem, you did it! What a great accomplishment and inspiration you are to the kids, I wish I was there to see what you had to go through to make it to the top, but unfortunately I have to go to work. I will ask Chiqui to remember as much as she can, so she can share with me your amazing experience.


  • Ryan Dahlem said:

    Thank you, Miriam! I really enjoyed the students’ questions at the end of the presentation. They were great, as to be expected of SMES students!