How It All Began

In the Beginning

After his mentor, Dr. Sean Egan, tragically died on Mt. Everest in April 2005, Elia Saikaly, who had never climbed a mountain before, decided to retrace his footsteps up the tallest mountain on Earth. Life, as he knew it, would forever be changed. Over the next several years, Elia travelled to Nepal to complete the tribute film and developed an interactive learning program to inspire young people and spark positive change. Below is Elia’s FindingLife story.

Dr. Sean Egan

Sean Egan was born in 1942 in County Clare, Ireland, where he spent his youth. After six years of monastic life, he returned to academia and completed a degree in literature at Dublin University. He then went on to study psychology at L’Université de Paris and later completed a PhD in sports psychology at the University of Oregon at Eugene. He had been a professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics since 1977, specializing in health.