Canadian man becomes first Quebecer to climb Everest

On today’s date in 1991, mountaineer Yves LaForest became the first Quebecer to complete the ascent of Mount Everest, 8,850 meters above sea level.

In 2002, Canada Post issued a 48-cent multi-coloured stamp (CSN # 1960) as part of its United Nations International Year of Mountains issue. The stamps, issued panes of eight, were printed by the Lowe-Martin Group on Tullis Russell Coatings coated paper using nine-colour lithography. Each stamp measured 36 mm x 29 mm-32 mm (horizontal), with tagging along each side.

Toronto’s Q30 Design aimed to create the mountain stamps while increasing awareness of the global importance of the mountain ecosystems and celebrating the beauty of summit regions around the world. Designers utilized a unique circular format, custom die-cuts, and an information-rich presentation, which appeals to audiences of all ages, especially the young collector.

At 8,850 metres, Mount Everest is the world’s tallest summit. The famous mountain straddles the China-Nepal border and is often referred to as “the roof of the world”. Its other names include Sagarmatha (or “Mother of the Universe” in Nepali) and Chomolangma (or “Goddess Mother of the Snows” in Tibetan).

LaForest is an alpinist, engineer, motivational speaker, author and educator. He was born in Montreal on March 26, 1956.

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