AUBURN – The Maine man who recently climbed Mt. Everest will give a talk and slide show about his adventure Saturday at Kirk Hall, Central Maine Community College.

John Bagnulo of New Vineyard, a nutrition professor at the University of Maine in Farmington, reached the top of the 29,035-foot peak on his 36th birthday last May. Bagnulo and a friend, Bill Yeo of Durham, planned the ascent over many months, but it was Bagnulo who finally reached the summit.

“It has been pretty busy since then,” Bagnulo said earlier this week. “I have done a lot of interviews for the news media and some magazines.”

Bagnulo’s illustrated presentation will include demonstrations of his climbing equipment and hiking boots. He will speak at a 2 p.m. session aimed at teens but open to anyone, and he will deliver his lecture for the general public at 7 p.m.

Bagnulo said he has plans for next year to continue climbing what’s known as “The Seven Summits,” the highest mountain on each continent.

Bagnulo and Yeo made their Everest climb without the assistance of a Sherpa guide. That meant carrying all their own food, water, climbing equipment and oxygen, as well as a satellite phone that Bagnulo used to call his family in Maine as soon as he reached the top of the world.

Bagnulo and Yeo have climbed Mount McKinley, which is North America’s highest. They have also climbed high peaks in the Andes of South America as well as in Africa.

The Stanton Bird Club’s Saturday event also will introduce the upcoming season’s programs. It will include updates on the parking lot improvements and the proposed nature center development at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary in Lewiston Suggested donations are $1 for students and $5 for adults.


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