It was standing room only at the Arts Station on Saturday night

From Mountains to Monasteries to Fernie

A trip of a lifetime saw four friends journey to the Nepalese Himalayas on a self-supported bike packing trip this past October.

A trip of a lifetime saw four friends journey to the Nepalese Himalayas on a self-supported bike packing trip this past October. On Nov. 21 Todd Weselake, Miranda Murphy and Kathryn Whiteside hosted a slideshow presentation, From Mountains to Monasteries, of their trip featuring Raven Eye Photography and Steve Shannon Photography at the Fernie Arts Station to raise money and awareness about the challenges facing Nepal in their rebuilding efforts after the earthquake they suffered in April of this year.

“We just had the most amazing time,” said Murphy. “We’ve been collectively all over the world and I think we were most struck by the attitudes of the people and the resilience of everyone in Nepal and the way they are able to just cope with everything even though they are in quite a horrible situation right now. It just made us really want to help out.”

During the presentation, Weselake and Murphy described the challenges that Nepal is facing when it comes to rebuilding now that India is not letting any fuel or food pass through it’s borders, causing extremely limited transportation and an inability to cook and heat their homes.

For more information visit the groups Facebook page From Mountains to Monasteries.

The presentation and silent auction raised $1900 and all proceeds will be donated to Nepal to support reconstruction efforts.