irak Seyoum came to the US with his parents both PhD’s, to Lansing, Michigan. His father, a Parasitologist and mother in Public Health & Education, naturally stressed the importance of education and setting goals for all their children. Sirak excelled academically and accomplished his educational goal by graduating as an Electrical Engineer from Michigan Tech University (MTU). Upon graduation, he has been continuously working in his field for over 10 years, and currently working for Titanium Metals Corporation in Henderson, Nevada.
Sirak recounts the genesis of his mission to Climb Mt. Everest, “After repeated invites by a co-worker to go hiking, I finally accepted one to Black Mountain located in Henderson, Nevada. I thought it would be easy, even boring. So to add a little challenge to the climb, I wore a 22 pound weighted vest along with water and snacks to the mountain. Little did I know about climbing, but on that day, I felt as if I was carrying a ton up that mountain. That challenge was the labor to the birth of my passion for mountain climbing. From that day on, all my leisure time was spent climbing the high peaks of Nevada and California.”
Sirak continues, “After noticing my enthusiasm and passion for climbing, a close friend suggested I climb Mt. Everest representing Ethiopia, my country. Though shocked by the magnitude of the mission in the beginning, it was a goal that was reachable. We envisioned the glory of placing our flag on top of the world, joining the ranks of others mostly that of the developed world, whose nationals were triumphant in accomplishing this feat. A goal was set to climb Mt. Everest with the Ethiopian flag. This goal, we will accomplish!”