Author Archives: Saikaly Elia

Sponsored by Canon Canada

Sponsored by Canon Canada

Elia is officially sponsored by Canon Canada!

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Elia at TEDx in Ashburn

Elia at TEDx in Ashburn

In September 2013, shortly after his second summit of Mt. Everest, Elia Saikaly was invited to speak at TEDx in Ashburn to share his experiences of working with youth and technology on the world’s tallest mountain.

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CTV Amazing Person Nomination

CTV Amazing Person Nomination

After returning from the summit of Mt. Everest, I was nominated by CTV for an Amazing Person Award for my work with youth as an adventure filmmaker. It was an honour to be recognized for the challenging work of bringing meaningful experiences into the classroom to inspire youth to challenge themselves, learn to give back and discover who they are. I had a great conversation with Kimothy Walker that day and forgot the cameras were even rolling!

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Into the Death Zone – Life and Death on Mt. Everest

Into the Death Zone – Life and Death on Mt. Everest

It’s 9 p.m. on May 20 and we’ve been in the death zone, the world above 8,000 metres, for just over five hours. Life is not meant to exist here. In the death zone, we are all transient beings. I lie in my sleeping bag with a new oxygen mask strapped to my head, devouring each artificial breath of life as though it were my last.

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Everest – In Time-Lapse

Everest – In Time-Lapse

Experience the beauty of Mt. Everest at night in time-lapse.

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Everest – A time lapse film: How I did it

Everest – A time lapse film: How I did it

I’m honestly blown away at how many people have connected with my video, Everest — Time Lapse Short Film. My goal was to bring to life the majestic beauty of the Himalayas and draw attention away from the negativity that has surrounded Everest in the past years. I wanted to remind people of the infinite possibility that the tallest mountain on Earth symbolizes in each of us.

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Life design – Are you designing yours?

Life design – Are you designing yours?

Life design – Are you designing yours?

This morning I rode shotgun in a helicopter and flew though the Himalayas.  I trekked through the trails in the Solo-Khumbu, encountered yaks, donkeys, suspension bridges, porters, stunning mountains and beautiful children.  I smiled at every man, woman and child I came across, captured the day’s events with an arsenal of cameras, a steadicam, a track and a trip-pod.

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What on Earth am I doing in Nepal?

What on Earth am I doing in Nepal?

As the plane landed on the tarmac in Kathmandu, I couldn’t help but ask myself that very question: What on Earth am I doing in Nepal? After all, wasn’t I just here in November? And haven’t I been here 7 times already? And didn’t I summit Mt. Everest back in 2010? Yes. To all of the above. But let’s just say that destiny came knocking as it often does and I responded favourably.

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Challenges of shooting in the Himalayas

Challenges of shooting in the Himalayas

Majestic mountains, stunning vistas, limitless time-lapse possibilities, Buddhist temples, beautiful children and the highest mountains on planet Earth! This is but a glimpse of what you experience while trekking through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest basecamp. With a DSLR camera in hand: the possibilities are truly infinite.

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Gratitude – An incredible year for FindingLife

Gratitude – An incredible year for FindingLife

It’s been an incredible year for FindingLife and the feeling that best encapsulates our organization is gratitude. Gratitude for the unbelievable support we’ve received from teachers, students, sponsors, partners, communities that we have met abroad and of course all of you reading these updates.

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