Climber Gabriel Filippi becomes first Quebecer (2nd Canadian) to reach the
summit of Mount Everest from both sides

MONTREAL, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Gabriel Filippi became yesterday the first Quebecer to reach the summit of Mount Everest from both sides. Filippi climbed the highest mountain in the world from the north face, on the Tibetan side. He had reached the summit from the south face, on the Nepalese side, in May 2005.

Ron Hoglin, from Hope, British Colombia, is the only Canadian to have previously achieved these climbs. He had climbed to the summit from the south side in 2004, and from the north side in 2007.

Gabriel Filippi is the spokesman for the fundraiser "Fighting pain, one meter at a time". All donations go to the Arthritis Society in hope to reduce the suffering of children living with juvenile arthritis, and to enhance the quality of life of the children who are afflicted by the disease.

Juvenile arthritis is diagnosed in one child out of a thousand, and it affects both girls and boys.

About Gabriel Filippi

Gabriel has travelled over 40 countries, from one summit to the next always in support of a worthy cause. He shares his time between his two great passions, the people and the mountains. He climbs rocks, ice falls and is a high altitude mountaineer. To this day he has reached numerous summits around the world ranging from local ice falls to summits as high as 8848m!

To learn more about his adventures: www.gabrielfilippi.com

SOURCE Arthritis Society

For further information: For further information: or to book an interview: Annie Malenfant, (514) 952-2606, filippigabriel@yahoo.ca; www.gabrielfilippi.com

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