One of the twin brothers whose documentary film about skiing the north ridge of Mount Everest is scheduled to attend a showing of the film Wednesday evening in Durango to raise funds for multiple sclerosis.
If you commit to something, you can do some pretty incredible things, Mike Marolt of Aspen said last week via telephone. My commitment is to MS.
Marolt took up the cause in the early 1990s after receiving a telephone call from Jimmie Heuga, who with Billy Kidd in 1964 were the first Americans to win medals in Olympic alpine skiing.
Marolt had known Heuga when he was young but had lost track of his friend.
Heuga founded the Jimmie Heuga Center in Edwards after MS ended his sports career. The center provides services for people who contract the disease.
After Heuga died in February 2010, the name of the center was renamed Can Do MS.
Jimmie called me and said that if everyone took up a cause, whether hunger or cancer, the world would be a better place, Marolt said. Jimmie said, I want you to make MS your fight.
The first effort of the Marolts Mike and identical twin Steve consisted of 24-hour skin-up-ski-down races at Sunlight Mountain near Glenwood Springs.
Skiing took the Marolts to the mountains of Alaska, South America, Tibet, Nepal and, finally, Mount Everest.
In 2003 and 2007, the brothers skied the north ridge of Everest from elevations of 25,000 and 26,000 feet, respectively.
Weve done about 40 expeditions, Marolt said.
Marolt said 100 percent of the proceeds of the film screening in Durango will benefit Can Do MS.
The 82-minute film, called Skiing Everest, will include material from when the Marolts were 12 years old.