Dave Roskelley

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Roskelley completed climbing the highest mountains on each of the seven continents on January 4, 2016.  From Kilimanjaro to Everest, climbing some of the world’s highest mountains provided Roskelley abundant opportunities to learn and conquer life’s myriad challenges, from overcoming irrational fears, to learning patience, to better understanding other cultures, faiths, and peoples.  This inspiring talk offers life lessons that are applicable to everyone.

At 11:30am on May 29, 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first individuals to stand on the summit of Mount Everest.  Climbing to the world’s highest summit at 29,029 feet above sea level (8,848 meters) presents many unique challenges from surviving extreme temperatures, to excessive ultraviolet radiation, to oxygen levels not sufficient enough to sustain human life.  Roskelley examines the importance avoiding complacency and taking on difficult tasks in life and experience something out of your normal comfort zone.


Dave Roskelley has a Masters degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Utah/Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) and currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member. He is currently serving as a Director for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). Mr. Roskelley is founding partner of R&R Environmental, Inc. a comprehensive safety, health, and environmental consulting firm based in Sandy, Utah.

Mr. Roskelley is also an avid mountain climber who enjoys doing difficult things. He set a personal goal to climb the “7 summits” or the seven highest mountains on each of the seven continents. To date he has climbed all seven and accomplished his goal.

* Mount Everest (Asia): 29,029 Feet (May 19, 2013)

* Cerro Aconcagua (South America): 22,867 Feet (January 3, 2008)

* Denali (Mount McKinley)(North America): 20,320 Feet (June 6, 2011)

* Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa): 19,340 Feet (October 24, 2008)

* Mount Elbrus (Europe): 18,510 Feet (September 4, 2007)

* Mount Vinson (Antarctica): 16,050 Feet (January 4, 2016)

* Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania): 16,023 Feet (October 16, 2011)

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