Thursday, September 14, 2017

Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict, Book Launch with Steve Swenson

Steve Swenson's Karakoram nominated as a finalist - Mountain Literature Award, Banff Mountain Book Festival![UNIQID]

What: Steve Swenson Illustrated Lecture
When: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 pm
Where: The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St.

Sometimes, the best way to see the world is from 25,000 feet up. Join world-class alpinist Steve Swenson as he shares stories and images from his newly released book, Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict (Mountaineers Books). Through an in-depth 45-minute multimedia presentation, Steve explores the nature of high-altitude alpine climbing, the complexities of mounting remote expeditions, the fraught geopolitics of the region, as well as his passion for the cultural communities in this area of the world. The program will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

$20 tickets include Arc'teryx gear raffle and same-day museum admission, including the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition.

Co-sponsored by Arc’teryx and Mountaineers Books with support from the American Alpine Club.


Save-The-Date, Annual Autumn Social & Dinner

Jan Arnet, mountain climber, jazz musician and engineer passes away at age 83

ARNET--Jan, jazz musician, engineer and mountain climber, died at home on May 13, 2017 at age 83. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Jan was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast with a particular love of climbing the highest peak in each country that he was able to visit. He met his wife Angela while ice climbing in the Tatra Mountains 60 years ago and together they spent many vacations and weekends hiking, skiing, backpacking and rock climbing. Together they climbed to the top of many mountains around the world. He was an active member of the American Alpine Club. For more about Jan's life please see  NYT Obituary

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Section Member Vanessa O'Brien Summits K2

Vanessa O'Brien became the first American woman to summit K2 in the Himalayas.

Vanessa at the summit.

To quote Vanessa after she safely arrived back at base camp, "My summit day was exactly as Ed Viesturs described - too high winds and terrible accumulation of snow - but I remembered every word he said about Scott Fischer living in the present and Ed worried about the future and accumulation of snow. It was the hardest thing I have ever done."

This was O'Brien's third attempt at the "killer" mountain, having been unsuccessful in 2015 and 2016 because of horrific weather. No teams summited in those two years.

This year, weather was a factor again as O'Brien's was the only expedition to reach the top - heavy snowfall and unstable weather sent the bigger teams back, including Russell Brice's revered Himalayan Experience (HIMEX).

O'Brien climbed Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak at 29,035 feet, in 2010 en route to becoming the then-fastest woman to climb the Seven Summits - highest mountain on each continent - plus ski the last degree to the North and South Poles, doing all in just 11 months.

Congratulations Vanessa!