By Pat Loeb

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville will offer an unusual program for armchair adventurers next Saturday, called “From Everest to Antarctica,” and it will feature Chester County’s own Everest explorer.

“Everest for me was the perfect environment for me to test myself,” says Paul Deegan, who climbed Mt. Everest in 2004 after years of training and one unsuccessful attempt.

You can hear Pat Loeb’s interview with Paul Deegan in this CBS Philly ‘ At Your Leisure’ podcast…

While Deegan talks about his experiences frequently, he’ll be joined Saturday–via video-link–by Felicity Aston, who is trying to become the first woman to cross Antarctica.

Deegan says he and Aston will give the audience a chance to find out what it is like inside extreme conditions.

“People are always curious about, where does your food come from? How do you go to the bathroom? Do you ever shower on a 70-day expedition?” Deegan explains.

Deegan says he hopes to inspire people to get out of their comfort zone and do something they’ve been putting off.

“I hope that at the very least, people will go for a nice walk in Valley Forge or Ridley Creek State Park. I don’t think you have to climb a mountain to appreciate nature.”

The program is set for October 1.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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