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The 1996 Mt. Everest Tragedy
On May 10, 1996, after six weeks of climbing, Lou Kasischke was 400 vertical feet from the top of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. But things started to go wrong. Lou and other climbers, facing conflicting goals and pressures, made a critical decision. Eight climbers died. Lou survived – even after being trapped near the top snowblind and frostbitten for two days. This was the worst disaster in Mt. Everest history.
The dead are forever entombed in Everest ice and snow. But Lou is here to tell the story, which is not just about death and survival in climbing Mt. Everest. The story has much in common with everyday life. It’s about people who set high goals and face the daily struggles and decision s- ambition and values, mistakes and judgment, teamwork and individuality. It’s about the power of will. The story is both sad and triumphant.
Lou will share the incredible events of his Mt. Everest expedition and what facing death near the top of the world has meant to his life – critical insights for business and person success.
The Mountain Climber and Business Leader
Lou Kasischke has climbed most of the classic mountain in the world, including the highest on six continents – Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, South America and North America.
Lou has reached many summits in his professional career as well. He is a corporate lawyer and a senior member of Dykema Gossett law firm. He is also the author of a leading book on Michigan corporation law. Lou is also active in business. He is the former president and CEO of Pella Window and Door Company.
We are very pleased that Lou has arranged to share his story at Michigan Lutheran Seminary on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm. There is no cost for the event, but tickets are necessary. Call the MLS Foundation at 989-793-7511 to reserve. You can also reserve by email


Author: mlsfoundation

The MLS Foundation was established in 2001 as a 501 (c) (3) public charity to assist high school students financially as they train for the public ministry. The Foundation also will assist students by funding special programs and projects, underwriting non-budgeted items for the school, supporting international cross-cultural programs and providing college scholarships to Martin Luther College. All donations are tax deductible under the IRS code.

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