On the Rocks to feature Nepalese outdoor professional

UMW News Bureau

The second University of Montana Western On the Rocks science speaker series of the semester will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. in Block Hall Room 311. By Sharon Christensen The second University of Montana Western On the Rocks science speaker series of the semester will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. in Block Hall Room 311. The featured speaker, Chandra Ale, an outdoor professional and educator based out of Kathmandu, Nepal, will present “Wilderness Leadership Semester: Mountaineering, trekking and kayaking in Nepal. Where do I sign up for THAT?” Ale will be educating the audience about wilderness leadership and outdoor adventures in Nepal. Living and working in outdoor sports since the late 1980s, Ale has trekked extensively throughout Nepal and is currently the owner of Initiative Outdoor, an outdoor leadership school in Nepal. He is also a river guide instructor, a wilderness first aid instructor and an ice climbing, first aid and Leave No Trace instructor for the Khumbu Climbing Center (KCC) near Mt. Everest. University of Montana geology professor Rob Thomas and chemistry professor Steve Mock traveled to Nepal in January and February 2011 as volunteers with the KCC, a non-profit organization working with Nepalese climbers and high-altitude workers. Thomas offered his geological expertise and Mock his climbing talents to educate Nepalese about the natural history of the Himalayas paired with responsible climbing practices within Nepal’s economically vital tourism and guiding industry.