She had a dream and she pursued it. Shriya Shah-Klorfine was the 32 year old Toronto woman who was among three (some reports say four) people who died on their descent from Mount Everest late Saturday night. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal and raised in Mumbai, India, Shriya, the entrepreneur, political activist, social worker saw herself as a primarily as a daring person. She was adventurous so jumping at the opportunity to work on cruise ships so she could travel around the world was expected. It was while she was abroad the cruise ship that she met her future husband, Bruce Klorfine. The couple married in Mumbai and then moved to Toronto to start a new life.
On her facebook page, Shriya announced that she was finally going to realize her dream.
I am pleased to announce that I will be the first South Asian woman from Canada to make the attempt to raise the Canadian flag at the top of the world’s highest mountain -Mount Everest. My ambition is to become Canada’s 4th Canadian woman to make the climb and encouraging the youth and helping SickKids Foundation.
“This is my dream and passion, and want to do something for my country. I tell this all the time….Nothing is impossible in this world, even the word ‘impossible’ says ‘I M POSSIBLE’!
Shriya died after after living her dream to scale the world’s highest peak. “My wife was someone who lived life to its fullest, with irrepressible energy and vitality,” her husband Bruce Klorfine said in a statement emailed to The Canadian Press.
I read on a blog that climbers were heading to the summit as late as 2:30pm when it is advised that they should not to try for the summit after 11 a.m. The area above the last camp at South Col is nicknamed the “death zone” because of the steep icy slope, treacherous conditions and low oxygen level. Four of the main dangers they can face are frostbite, hypothermia, snow blindness, and acute mountain sickness (AMS). According to the blogger, hypothermia and snow blindness are not that common on Everest but frostbite and AMS are. Read more.
This is a sad story but inspiring at the same time. Shriya had a goal, a dream and she went for it head-on. She must have heard about the dangers of the climb to Mount Everest but that did not discourage or deter her. It was something she had to do. It was in her blood. It was who she was–a woman who believe that nothing was impossible. Notes to Women mourn the loss of this woman of courage and tenacity. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Bruce and the rest of her family.
“Climb every mountain in your life. You will reach the top. Best Wishes To You. Best wishes to you in whatever you do. God Bless and Keep Smiling.”