Wollongong's flag flies high on top of the world

Aug 08, 2003

The University of Wollongong's flag has been flown in many parts of the globe - and now on top of the world!

Dr Stephanie Jones, who teaches "Managing People in Organisations" at the University's Dubai Campus in the United Arab Emirates, recently returned from a two-week expedition to Everest Base Camp.

Dr Jones was part of the 18-member Dubai "Everest Women's Challenge" whose group has so far raised about US$50,000 towards a Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Unit for Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, the largest city in the Eastern Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The nine different nationalities in the group, including United Arab Emirates national and Palestinian women, all successfully completed the epic trek from Lukla (a small airstrip reached by 16-seater plane from Kathmandu in Nepal) to the Base Camp.

At 8,848 metres, Everest is the world's highest mountain, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of its first ascent by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Base Camp itself is at 5,364m or over 17,000 feet, and the group also climbed Kalapathar at 5,545m for Everest views.

"With 25 porters, five Sherpa guides, cooks and a small procession of yaks to carry the tents, it was quite an operation," Dr Jones said.

"I can hardly believe we did it now", she said.

"One of the toughest moments was camping in a blizzard, and one morning we woke up to five inches of snow outside our tents!"



Dr Stephanie Jones . . . raises the University of Wollongong flag at Everest.

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