Bill Borger

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Bill Borger Jr.
Bill Borger of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.jpg
Bill Borger in 2011
Born (1974-12-15)15 December 1974
Edmonton, Alberta

Bill Borger Jr. (born December 15, 1974) is a Calgary-based businessman, adventurer, and Canadian Chartered Accountant.[1] On September 9, 2000 Borger became the first Calgarian to successfully swim the English Channel.[2] As a part of the English Channel swim Borger raised $100,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association.[3] On May 11, 2011 Borger became the first Canadian to have both swum the English Channel and to have climbed Mt. Everest.[4] The Mt. Everest climb was used to raise funds for the Calgary Handibus Association; for this charity Borger raised $400,000.[5] Borger's website states, as of June 6, 2011 that monies raised for the Calgary Handibus Association are $502,350.[6] The combined efforts of climbing Mt. Everest and swimming the English Channel placed Borger as the fifth person ever to do so; these combined events are known as Peak and Pond.[7]

Bill Borger is currently the President of the Borger Group of Companies.[8]

Mountain climbing[edit]

Borger began climbing in 2000 and, from 2009 to 2011, had climbed over 40 peaks in North and South America, Asia, and Europe including Mount Rainier and Mount McKinley in North America[9] and The Matterhorn[10] and Mont Blanc in Europe (the highest peak in the Alps).[11]

On July 14, 2012 Bill Borger along with climbing partner John Furneaux set a new route during their summit of Mount Thor [12] that they named, The Great Escape. This climb was also the first free climb of the Southwest Face.[13] [14]

Swimming[edit]

July 23, 2000, Borger placed third on the 26.4 KM long Lake Zurich Swim with a time of 8h 52m 45 sec.[15]

September 9, 2000, Borger crossed the 21-mile English Channel. The feat took him 12 hours and 11 minutes of continuous swimming without a wetsuit.[16]

Cycling[edit]

In 1996, Borger cycled across Canada in 32 days.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chartered Accountants of Alberta. "CAs in the News". Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  2. ^ May, Howard (September 10, 2000). "Calgarian swims English Channel". Calgary Herald. 
  3. ^ ctvcalgary.ca (May 12, 2011). "Calgarian summits Mount Everest". CTV News. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Tetley, Deborah (May 12, 2011). "Calgary man first Canadian to climb Everest, swim English Channel". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  5. ^ ctvcalgary.ca (May 12, 2011). "Calgarian summits Mount Everest". CTV News. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Borger, Bill. "Borger Peak and Pond". Borger Peak and Pond. Bill Borger. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Global News (31 March 2011). "Calgarian to join elite ‘Peak and Pond’ group". Global TV Regina. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Myers, Sean (March 29, 2011). "Calgarian Bill Borger sets ambitious Mount Everest goal". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Former High Riverite scales Everest". The High River Times. June 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Stefanac, Rosalind (October 2011). "On top of the world". CA Magazine. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Gillies, Craille (Fall 2011). "Trained for Endurance" (PDF). Tracks and Treads. p. 28. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Hummel, Will (August 2012), "New route on Baffin Island's Mount Thor", Rock and Ice, retrieved 2012-08-28 
  13. ^ "Climber Bill Borger", Radio Canada, July 24, 2012, retrieved 2012-08-28 
  14. ^ Rieger, Erik (2013), "Mt. Thor, southwest face", The American Alpine Journal, 55 (87): 179, retrieved 2016-10-17 
  15. ^ "Lake Zurich Swim Results 2000" (PDF). ch.srichinmoyraces.org. July 23, 2000. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  16. ^ MacKinnon, Jeff (March 29, 2011). "Peak & Pond Everest climb completes Bill Borger’s ultimate duathlon". Impact. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  17. ^ MacKinnon, Jeff (March 29, 2011). "Peak & Pond Everest climb completes Bill Borger’s ultimate duathlon". Impact. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 

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