Elizabeth (Liz) Pace and her climbing partner Joe Hughes like to lead by
example. They run a non-profit organization called "Sadona Cares", which takes
children out hiking and camping other outdoor activities. Part of what
Elizabeth and Joe do is to motivate people, both kids from pre-k to 8th grade
and adults as well, to set goals and strive to reach them. In two weeks
they'll be putting their words into deeds as they follow their dream to climb
Elizabeth was born in Malta in 1965 and came to the US in 1984 where she
began hiking and backpacking in New York in the Catskills and Adirondacks.
This love of the outdoors grew into an interest in mountaineering and
resulting in a 2001 trip to Tanzania and a summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the
tallest mountain in Africa. Her ambition now is to summit Everest carrying her
nation's flag. Elizabeth would be the first person from Malta to summit
Everest. Elizabeth's other summits include Mt. Rainier, Aconcagua (one of the
Seven Summits), and Mt. Washington.
Joe Hughes is an avid mountaineer who has summited the tallest mountain in
South America, some of the tallest in North America and who now has his sites
set on the Everest, the tallest of them all. Born and raised in Nutly, New
Jersey Joe began to dream of some day climbing the mountains he read about in
National Geographic Magazine. He joined the army in 1983 and was sent to
Germany. A class in outdoor rock climbing set Joe and a friend off on a
climbing tour of the country and led to him receiving his high mountaineering
certificate while on Mount Rainier.
Following his summit of Aconcagua Joe was accepted on a team headed for
Everest in March of 2004. Joe and Elizabeth are proposing weekly transmissions
New Jersey classrooms during the climb. The students will be able to follow
the team all the way from Katmandu, to base camp, an eventually the summit
itself. The transmissions will allow the students to ask questions and learn
as they follow the expedition's progress.
Elizabeth is working with Maltese schools to provide the same experience
for their students. Joe and Elizabeth hope that the program will allow the
students to learn not only about exercise, climbing and setting goals but
about each other's respective countries as well.