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Of Expos and Everest

By Sherrie Norris (

Article Published: Sep. 29, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 8, 2011
Of Expos and Everest

Jenny Miller of Blowing Rock will be one of several successful women speaking at the All About Women Expo on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Boone.

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Jenny Miller of Blowing Rock is an inspiration to all who know her. Her zest for life is awe-inspiring and her courage and determination are enviable.

While some of us are waiting around for something good to happen, Miller is out there making it happen.

To celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary earlier this year, she and husband, Wayne, hiked the Mount Everest Base Camp, one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas with an altitude of 17,598 feet.

As senior members of their team, at 59, the Millers made it to Kala Pattar, the highest point at base camp at 18,600 feet.

“We owe that to drinking five liters of water a day and preparing for our trip,” Jenny said.

For four months prior, the couple donned heavy backpacks and hiked six to eight hours on weekends, usually from Bass Lake in Blowing Rock to the fire tower “over and over and over,” she said. “My pack weighed 35 pounds and his was 60.”

That adventure is just one of Miller’s many success stories that she will share during the All About Women Expo on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Holmes Convocation Center in Boone. The event is free and open to the public.

As a lifelong activist for women, Miller is a founding member of the High Country Women’s Fund that has distributed more than $335,000 to help women and children in need throughout the High Country.

Win Your Trip To Everest

Jenny Miller is sponsoring a free trip for one lucky woman to return to Nepal with her in March 2013.
“I wish every woman could experience what I did in those Himalayan Mountains,” Miller said, “but I want to make sure at least one gets to do just that.”

With the help of her friends and associates, Miller is providing an all-expense paid, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for “someone” to accompany her back to Mount Everest — a trip valued at $6,500.

Miller will be conducting a raffle during the upcoming All About Women Expo, in which one name will be drawn at day’s end for the journey.

“All you have to do to win is attend the expo on Oct. 8 and register for the drawing, ” Miller said.
This trip is not directly associated with All About Women magazine, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, All About Women Expo or its sponsors.

The prize is nontransferable and cannot be cashed in. Only those who are serious about taking the trip — and the preceding 18-months of preparation and training that it requires — should participate in the raffle.

The trip will be booked through Mountain Madness, a mountain climbing guide service, known for its carefully crafted itinerary and highly skilled guides, with a goal to make each journey a memorable and challenging experience.

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