Memorial Hospital to Present Thom Pollard’s “The Path is the Destination – Lessons Learned in Pursuit of Everest”

September 08, 2017


NORTH CONWAY, NH – Mountaineer, Emmy-award winner, director, producer and photographer Thom Pollard of Jackson, NH will present an evening of adventure and inspiration highlighting his 2016 Everest summit and other expeditions. The event, in support of Memorial Hospital’s sports medicine initiatives, will take place on October 20th at 7 p.m at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine.

Titled “The Path is The Destination: Lessons Learned in Pursuit of Everest,” Pollard’s presentation will be geared to inspire a deeper understanding of self, and elicit the motivations which drive us to tackle seemingly insurmountable goals. Motivation, performance, teamwork, goal setting and overcoming obstacles are all interwoven metaphorically into his talk.

Thom’s talk will feature never before seen images from the dramatic, middle of the night summit in 2016, on a day that claimed the lives of three at high altitude; historical insight of early attempts and successes on Everest, including photos of long lost Everest pioneer George Mallory from the1999 research expedition (of which Pollard was high altitude cameraman); plus newly discovered insight about First Ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, including never before seen interview clips of Thom Pollard with Hillary and also Hillary's son, Peter Hillary. Pollard stated, “I look forward to sharing untold stories from climbing’s greatest mystery.”

Additionally, Thom will share an overview of notable expeditions and adventures, including a reed ship expedition that sailed from Chile to Easter Island, Gasherbrum II in Pakistan, brushes with death in Alaska and our own Mount Washington, and an India expedition to the source of the Ganges River.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or climber yourself, or an armchair adventurer, be ready to be amazed by Pollard’s compelling story-telling, audiences of all ages will find this presentation to be awe-inspiring.

Pollard has worked extensively both domestically and across the globe. His documentaries include “Alaskan Reminiscences: 60 Years of Adventure with Bradford and Barbara Washburn,” for PBS; “Orphan Orca: The Story of Springer the Whale,” for PBS and National Geographic; and, “Storm over Denali,” “The Power of The Mountain,” and “Alive on Everest,” for PBS. He was High Altitude Cameraman for PBS and the BBC on Mount Everest in 1999, during which time the body of British mountaineering icon George Mallory was discovered at 27,000 feet on Everest’s north face, 75 years after his disappearance. The resulting Everest film, called “Lost On Everest,” was nominated for a prestigious Golden CINE Award for cinematography. In 2014, Pollard returned to Everest to film the story of a great, great grandfather attempting to become the oldest American to climb the mountain at 68 years of age. During filming, a tragic avalanche claimed the lives of sixteen climbing Sherpa and porters. The government of Nepal stopped climbers for the rest of the year. The trajectory of the film immediately changed from following a person to the summit, to the heart wrenching story of the Sherpa families who had lost loved ones in the avalanche.

Pollard’s photographs have appeared in publications including National Geographic, Climbing Magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ and Parade Magazine, among others, and have been published in dozens of books worldwide.

Guests are invited to join Pollard along with Memorial Hospital President & CEO Scott McKinnon; Sports Medicine physician and Memorial Board of Trustee Member James Glazer MD; and Matt Geary, DPT physical therapist, for a post-event reception for the opportunity to ask one-on-one questions about Thom’s adventures, and to learn more about Memorial Hospital’s vision for a new sports medicine facility and other sports medicine related initiatives for the community.

Admission is free and voluntary donations will be welcome at the door to benefit Memorial Hospital’s sports medicine initiatives. Seating is limited so advance registration online at is encouraged to guarantee your seat. For more information, call (603) 356-5461 x 2264.

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women's health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.