Slideshow, Silent Auction to Benefit dZi Foundation
RIDGWAY – Take a unique ski mountaineering trip to the Antarctic Peninsula through the eyes of accomplished IFMGA Guide and Ridgway resident Angela Hawse on Friday, Jan. 3, when she will offer spectacular glimpse into her Antarctic expedition in November.
One of only eight female IFMGA guides in the world, Hawse’s expedition, with 120 clients, included sailing, on a 340-foot boat, across the Drake Passage to the Peninsula for seven days of skiing, amidst stunning scenery and wildlife.
“It was a different type of trip,” Hawse, a former Telluride Helitrax ski guide, says. “I had never done a trip where the base camp was on a boat. We were going to shore every day and climbing peaks that had never been climbed and skiing in places that have never been skied.” Staff on the base camp boat included a marine biologist and a geologist.
“All of those experts were able to add an educational component of the wildlife and environment of the Antarctic,” she says. “It was a trip to teach people about the uniqueness of the Antarctic environment and how we can help preserve it through education.”
Hawse’s slideshow presentation on her trip to the Antarctic is a fundraiser for the dZi Foundation, which partners with underserved communities in remote regions of the Himalayas to build sustainable locally-driven programs that improve quality of life through advancing education and health, while reducing poverty. In 2004 she guided an all women’s ascent of Ama Dablam, a 22,545-foot peak in Nepal, while at the same time raising $23,000 for the dZi Foundation to start a safe house for girls in Sikkim.
“Angela is a close friend and advocate of the dZi Foundation and has been for years,” dZi Foundation President and Co-Founder Jim Nowak says. “She is the real deal.”
Friday’s slideshow presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Sherbino Theatre and will include a silent auction. Admission to the event is $10.
For more information on the dZi Foundation, visit dzifoundation.org.