Skyridge FCCLA joined the “Holiday Magic” this year by donating a tree to the Festival of Trees. The Skyridge club was able to raise $1800 in donations through bake sales and other private donations. Also donated, were 2 camp chairs, a tent, and many camping and hiking items under the tree. The FFA Skyridge chapter donated metal ornaments made in the shop featuring two hikers and the peak. The students donated many hours of service to raise the money and prepare for the big day; decorating the tree. The tree was donated in memory of two hikers who disappeared in August of 2016 on their second attempt to scale the peak of a Pakistani Mountain called “Ogre II.” Both hikers were from Utah and were two of the most accomplished alpinists of their generation. The peak has only been scaled once by a Korean team in 1980. The tree sold in a silent auction on opening night for $3500. All of the proceeds go to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Scott Adamson and Kyle Dempster, Professional climbers, were lost on the North Face of Ogre II in
Pakistan in 2016. The renowned climbers left base camp on August 21 to ascend the unclimbed north
face of Ogre 2, a steep and craggy 23,000-foot peak. A storm rolled into the region on August 23 and
conditions remained cloudy and snowy for several days, hampering early search and rescue attempts
after the men failed to show up at base camp, as planned, on August 26. Both Dempster, 33, and
Adamson, 34, hail from Utah and are well known in the climbing community. Dempster has twice won
the coveted climbing award, Piolets d’Or, most recently in 2013 when he scaled Ogre 1. Adamson made
several first ascents in Nepal and Alaska, and wowed the climbing world by finding ice-climbing routes in
the deserts of Zion National Park. Together they’d hoped to become the second team to reach the top
of Ogre 2 and the first to ascend it via the difficult north face.