Publisher and Nepal Visionary Chronicles Himalayan Adventures to Snow College Student Body

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The president of Mountain Grabbers and publisher of (, the uniquely authentic online resource for trekking in Nepal, makes a special presentation to the student body of Snow college on his Himalayan trekking adventures and shares his vision for opening Nepal to the world and creating economic opportunities for the Sherpa people.

Richard Christiansen, President of Mountain Grabbers and publisher of (, the uniquely authentic online Nepal resource, today made a special presentation to the student body of Snow College, recounting his adventures among the world's highest summits trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. With a first-hand account of his 2001 journey to the exotic Khumbu region, the students of the junior college in central Utah widened their world perspectives to practically the farthest land from their own.

Mr. Christiansen was not arbitrary in his choice to give his presentation at Snow College; he has a personal interest in the school because of a special student there. In 2002 he and his family sponsored a young teenage girl from a Sherpa village high in the Himalayas to study in the United States, and she is now very much a part of the family.

The presentation, titled "It's Not Better, It's Not Worse, It's Just Different," described the unusual way of life in Nepal. Mr. Christiansen traveled with friends and family to Nepal in 2001 for a trekking tour of the Himalayas, and was in awe of the breathtaking views of the world's tallest mountain summits. He shared with the Snow College students though that more miraculous was the sturdiness and spirit of the Sherpa people, the natives of the high elevation villages in the Himalayas. He soon felt a close bond with the people he met, and he was moved to make a difference for them.

"I never cease to be amazed by the strength of character, the lack of guile, and genuine nature of the amazing Sherpa people," commented Mr. Christiansen during the presentation. "There is so much we can learn from them!"

Mr. Christiansen explained that he founded Mountain Grabbers as a means to open the culture and economy of the Sherpa people in the high elevation Khumbu villages to the rest of the world. He found that the obvious connection was to create an online information source to tell the world about the great Himalayan experience and to develop and manufacture mountaineering gear in collaboration with eminently experienced Sherpas in Nepal. Mountain Grabbers now designs and manufactures a line of Himalayan hiking gear in Nepal made by Sherpas.

Mr. Christiansen stated, "One of my life's passions has been the documentation, promotion, and enabling of the inspiring Sherpas of the Himalayas. That is just what we are achieving with the release of It is with great pride that we are taking a big step in giving proper credit to the Sherpa people."

About ( a wholly owned subsidiary of Mountain Grabbers, and is an innovative online information source for the hiking lifestyle and the culture of the Sherpa people. Mountain Grabbers also produces a line of mountain gear that is manufactured and inspired by the Sherpa people high in the Himalaya of Nepal. Headquartered in Spanish Fork, Utah, Mountain Grabbers recognizes the opportunity to share the fascinating culture of the Sherpa people. They aim to educate the world on the wonderful Sherpa people through and enable the Sherpa people with better economic opportunities.

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