10 days, 17,000 feet and 70 miles later, 15-year-old Eli Reimer made history. The Oregon teen was the first teen person with Down syndrome to reach the Nepal base camp of Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest mountain.
With his dad Justin by his side, Eli made a climb that proves disability is not a limitation. Justin Reimer says watching his son reach base camp a “humbling, inspiring amazing moment. The pair never thought they would even attempt such a big undertaking, but when Justin was approached by a friend, he thought it would be an opportunity to raise money for his organization, The Elisha Foundation. Now, he says the trip has served as much more than a fundraiser.
The Nepal base camp is one of two base camps on Mt. Everest – the other North Base Camp being located in China. The South Base Camp – to which Eli and his father hiked – lies at an altitude of more than 17,500 feet. The trip to these base camps is fairly rigorous, and many climbers remain at camp for a day or two to better acclimatize to the high altitude.
So far, Eli’s trip has helped to raise more than $85,000 in donations to the Elisha Foundation. However, the non-profit hopes to go even further and raise $100,000 for the trip.