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Sierra College Insights | Unexpected encounters in Nepal

Children stand along the trail to the village of Namche Bazaar, one of the most well-known stops on the way to Everest.
Courtesy Eve Quesnel |

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What: Sierra College Insights

Where: Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee, 11001 College Trail in Truckee

When: Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.

RSVP: 530-550-2290

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra College Insights will present “Unexpected Encounters in Nepal,” an engaging talk by three veteran educators on Friday, Jan. 31.

“Sierra College Insights is one of the many ways our talented faculty share their expertise and passions,” said Dr. Kim Bateman, executive dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee. “Unexpected Encounters in Nepal is a not-to-miss evening that offers a glimpse into another culture and land from a scientist, artist and writer.”

Derek Larson, Pam McAdoo and Eve Quesnel will share pictures and anecdotes from their experiences in Nepal.

English professor Quesnel returned from a two-week trek in Nepal with her daughter last summer. Along the way, they gained insights from the people they met and were awed by the look of astonishment in children’s faces when a helicopter circled overhead and landed in one of the small villages. Find out who arrived by helicopter and why.

Attendees will also hear about a 125-mile trek and surprising encounter with Sir Edmund Hillary from painting, drawing and design professor McAdoo, and Derek Larson will share his chance encounter with the Dalai Lama.

“Expect humor, revealing stories and interesting anecdotes from this dynamic trio,” said Bateman.

Located in South Asia between China and India, Nepal attracts nearly 600,000 visitors annually. As home to eight of the 10 highest mountains in the world, the country is a “bucket-list” destination for mountaineers, rock climbers and adventure-seekers.


In addition to teaching biology at Sierra College, Larson runs Larson Snow and a tour company focused on guided outdoor adventures in Vietnam and Cambodia. McAdoo is an accomplished artist whose work includes watercolor and illustration. She teaches art classes on the Tahoe-Truckee campus both fall and spring semesters. Author Eve Quesnel frequently contributes to Moonshine Ink and teaches English classes at Sierra College.


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Space is limited — reserve a space by calling 530-550-2290 with your name, number in your group and phone number.

Sierra College Insights taps campus faculty and other experts across diverse disciplines to share fascinating topics with the community. Doors open for socializing and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Visitors and residents are encouraged to attend this no cost event on the Tahoe-Truckee campus.

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