Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Everest - Fantasy Ridge Presentation - 2/28/2012 6:30PM

EVEREST - FANTASY RIDGE
A Special Presentation
by
KURT DIEMBERGER
February 28th, 2012, 6:30 PM
Wilbur Cross High School
181 Mitchell Drive New Haven, CT 06511

Presented by the City of New Haven’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees Outdoor Adventure Program
MARTIN TORRESQUINTERO, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

MOUNT EVEREST, also known in Nepali as SAGARMATHA (Goddess of the sky) and in Tibetan as CHOMOLUNGMA (mother Goddess of the universe), stands at 8848 meters or 29,029 feet. For many years, it was the ultimate challenge.
However, every climbing season (before or after the monsoons), climbers continue to break records, to the point that they are
now expected to be shattered.

However, the Great Ridge or EVEREST - FANTASY RIDGE remains the ultimate Everest challenge. From the first ascent of Shartse, onwards over the top of Everest to the far end in Tibet, it still eludes climbers, never having been conquered. Come hear how Kurt Diemberger has envisioned it, after his two decades of expeditions to Everest.

KURT DIEMBERGER is the only person alive to have the distinction of making first ascents of two of the world’s 8,000 meter peaks, Broad Peak in 1957 and Dhaulagiri in 1960. He climbed each without supplemental oxygen, and
Broad Peak, which he climbed with the late Hermann Buhl and two others, was the first eight-thousander to be climbed in West-Alpine-Style, long before this technique became widely used on the Himalayan giants. Kurt has, in all,
climbed six of the eight-thousanders. However, he is probably best known for his 30-year association with K2, and for surviving the 1986 tragedy which claimed the lives of 13 climbers. This became the subject of one of climbing’s most widely read books, The Endless Knot, and the award-winning movie Mountain of Dreams and Destiny. In addition, he has climbed in virtually all of the world’s mountain ranges, including many first ascents, from Africa to the Himalayas, and from South America to Greenland. He has received many awards for films, photographs, and literature. He is one of the most renowned climbers, an influential writer, and an indomitable survivor.

Ticket Info:
$10 in advance - cash, check or visa/mastercard if it's greater than $20.
203-946-8027
or at the park's office
720 Edgewood Avenue New Haven, CT 06515
$12 at the door - cash or check only

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