EverestNews.com Good Causes (Funds) for 2002

If you have followed EverestNews.com for a while, you know we like good causes. We are trying to give just a little back for all the good things we have in our lives. As you know there are so many people in the world in need. The need is so great. But if we all try to do just a little, we can make a difference. For the Year 2002 we have decided to promote two good causes on EverestNews.com and our network of web sites. You, our readers of EverestNews.com, have helped to build two schools in Nepal. We would like to continue this traditional by help a friend of ours to build a school in the Tribal region of the Philippines (amount needed is around $10,000 US). We also like to help out in the Pakistan region in ways that we are still determining. Last, but certainly not least, we would like some of Anatoli Boukreev's dreams come true! 

The Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund

Their goals are: To promote mutual understanding and friendship across cultures through a shared love of mountains and mountaineering. To support the styles of high-altitude training, ascent, and environmental sensitivity that Anatoli exemplified.

Anatoli Boukreev shared his love of the high mountains with a passion that transcended national divisions. He combined his early training in the former Soviet Union with his extensive Himalayan experience to achieve new levels of physical and psychological endurance. Between 1988 and 1997, Anatoli climbed to summits of eleven of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks without oxygen-four in a single ninety day period-establishing difficult technical routes as well as speed records. Friendship with his fellow mountaineers from around the world was as important to Anatoli as testing his abilities in the mountains. Even after his death in an avalanche on Annapurna on December 25, 1997, his example as a mountaineer and a person has remained an inspiration to people around the world.

Anatoli’s Dream! - a personal message from Kevin Cooney

After Toli’s first trip to the states in 1989, he began to spend time re-charging between expeditions each year in Boulder, usually on his way back to Kazaghstan and then on to the Himalaya. He sometimes labored as a landscaper for Patrick Healy, saving valuable American dollars for the next trip. Or he’d run, ski or climb with Patrick, Beth Wald, me or other new friends basically anytime we were free.  On winter days Toli would often hang out up at my house in the hills west of Boulder, diligently studying his English/Russian  dictionary, while I was off toiling at the office.  When I’d arrive home, he had invariably built a nice fire in the woodstove, baked bread, and was ready to inquire about proper usage of the new words he’d learned that day.

Anatoli was constantly amazed at the range of modern equipment we Americans all seemed to have.  He would describe the tattered gear the kids at the Sports Club in Almaty were using, and some of us  had seen firsthand the Soviet era relics still seeing hard use when we’d had the opportunity to visit Russia.  Along with help from Gary Neptune and others (like Lorraine Moller, NZ Olympian who donated a huge box of ‘extra’ running shoes from sponsors), Beth and I were able to load Toli up with extra gear for Toli and the kids he ski coached back home.  Club members were always appreciative of any modern clothing or equipment.  During Soviet times, what gear there was came through centrally planned sports programs, and this pipeline no longer exists. Now, even the best young athletes often have archaic gear, and yet they develop strong skills and a love for the mountains through the club programs.

While Anatoli had a number of dreams; including developing graduated-method  high-altitude training camps in America, Europe, and Asia and completing all the 8000 meter peaks.  Strong among these dreams was to help others from his region experience the mountains and friendships he enjoyed during his travels. After Anatoli’s death on Annapurna, I accompanied Linda Wylie to Almaty to help take care of his belongings, meet his siblings, and interact with the Sports Club in an effort to establish an exchange program between Kazak and Western climbers.  We met with the kids (ranging in age from 9 to early 20s), went for hikes from club facilities above the city, and were continually impressed with the strength and ingenuity we saw from the group of motivated young people. We then joined a number of the students and their coaches for a portion of their summer training program in the Tien Shan range.  Through day after day of rains and snows so thick the big Soviet choppers would not fly, the campers kept after it, bagging the slippery 4000m summits rising out of the valley, cranking up the wood-fired sauna, or cooking up mounds of fresh mushrooms gathered in the woods. When the weather finally cleared, the most experienced club members were off to the North Innylchek glacier to tackle Khan Tengri (7010m), one of the world’s most beautiful peaks.

I was amazed at the respect the kids showed their coaches. Ludmilla, an Everest veteran who coached teenagers, had only to nod her head, and one of the boys would assure teacups were full – or packs properly prepared for the next day’s outing.  The Boukreev Memorial set up a Fund that provides opportunities for  the Sports Club members to travel internationally to climb, it assists the Club in obtaining equipment, and supports an exchange program between US and Kazak climbers.  Anatoli would like it! He always liked to broaden his experience through the personal bonding that happens with partners in the mountains.  We believe when people from different cultures learn to rely on one another in the mountains, the connections created will build cultural understanding – one human at a time.

Anatoli was a role model for many of the young athletes now emerging from deep behind the iron curtain.  Not only was he the strongest high altitude climber of his generation, he had learned to function in both western and post-Soviet cultures and developed friendships around the globe. I hope that, in some small way, we can help others expand their horizons in their own ways. Kevin Cooney

Kevin Cooney was one of Anatoli’s best friends. Let's all try to make Anatoli’s Dream come true, the way YOU have helped Babu's dream come true!

The Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund is a 501C3 Not for Profit Organization. Your gift is tax deductable. Please let us know if you need a receipt. We do not sell, or give away names. The Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund have agreed to collect the funds for these good causes in 2002. The fund donations here (with these links) will be split 50% to Anatoli Boukreev 's dream of funding Kazak climbers dreams and 50% for the relief efforts in the Philippines and Pakistan as noted above. 

To make a donation send your check to: Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund PO Box 1170 Sandia Park New Mexico 87047 or make a donation using your credit card or your checking account on-line using Pay-pal here: 

When giving $25 or more by check or by pay-pal for a limited time only receive an Anatoli Boukreev T-shirt: Sizes are Small - Medium - Large - (X large SOLD OUT).


The shirt is short sleeve, 100% Organic Cotton from Patagonia.  The front of the shirt has a small oval graphic inside it. The back of the shirt features the photo of Anatoli that is the signature photo of our website and the words "Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund"


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Anatoli Boukreev and Vladimir Balyberdin at Everest Base camp

photo@Daniel Mazur Read the story here