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After climbing Mount Everest and swimming the English Channel, Parkite Rob Lea is setting off on the third and final stage of his World Triathlon. He will be bicycling across the United States.

Lea has had a busy year, ascending the world’s tallest mountain, swimming the Channel and putting up with jellyfish stings and the effects of saltwater, and even finding the time to recently marry his fiancé Caroline Gleich, who accompanied him on his first two ventures.

Speaking last week with KPCW he said he’s seen changes in his weight.

On today’s program, Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis has an update on Mayflower Mountain, Bonanza Flat and more. John Moss, Wasatch County School District Communications Director, talks about the decision to proceed with the $150 million bond initiative to build a second high school in Heber and Rob Lea and Caroline Gleich talk about Rob's final endeavor to complete his world Triathlon - biking across America.

Caroline Gleich

Park City resident Rob Lea just made the history books. 

On Tuesday, which was Tuesday night in Europe, Lea successfully swam the English Channel and made history as the first person to ever climb Mount Everest and swim the English Channel in a single year. His official time was 11 hours 47 minutes to swim the 21 plus miles from the shore of England to France.

Caroline Gleich

Wearing just a Speedo and goggles,  and maybe a cap, nose clip, and ear plugs, Park City resident Rob Lea is making his away across the English Channel and what could be history in the making…

It was just 50 days ago, when Rob Lea summited the world’s tallest mountain – Mount Everest. Since then, he’s put on 25 pounds, hoping it will insulate him as he swims the 21 plus miles, between England and France. The official rules don’t allow a swimmer to use a wetsuit.

Park City Couple Successfully Summits Mount Everest

Jun 3, 2019
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Park City residents Rob Lea and Caroline Gleich successfully summited Mount Everest on May 24. Since 1921, nearly 300 have lost their lives trying to climb the world’s highest peak. This year has been particularly deadly with 11 people dying while trying to reach the summit or returning from it.

On today’s program, Sundance Institute Managing Director Betsy Wallace has details about the 2019 Economic Impact report. Park City residents Rob Lea and Caroline Gleich talk about their experience climbing and descending Mount Everest - the first feat of Rob’s World Triathlon and Park City Film Executive Director Katy Wang and Henry Lystad, Producer of the International Ocean Film Tour, Volume 6, have details about the film screening on Thursday.

Jim Lea

Park City residents Rob Lea and Caroline Kleich will make their Mount Everest summit attempt today. 

According to an email from Rob’s parents, Jim and Cindy Lea,  Rob and Caroline are high on Everest and feeling well. They spent Tuesday night at Camp 2 at almost 24,750 feet above sea level and were headed for Camp 3 on Wednesday at 27,390 feet. Today (Thursday) is the summit push, weather permitting. They’ll leave camp around midnight—which is noon our time  - and head for the summit. 

Rob Lea

Over the next week, 38 year old Rob Lea – a lifelong resident of Park City – is on his way to summit the world’s highest mountain – right alongside his fiancée Caroline Gleich. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - December 5, 2018

Dec 5, 2018

On today’s program, Former Salt Lake Mayor and Attorney Rocky Anderson discusses the legal options being considered now that the state legislature has re-written the voter-approved Proposition 2 which allows for the sale of medical cannabis in the state of Utah. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson talks about the new  Forest Advisory Board being established.