Happy Valentine's Day, NE Climbers!
The American Alpine Club national Annual Benefit Dinner is only a few weeks away and we'd love to have you join us. We have an incredible program of events running throughout the March 2-3 weekend, including a slide show by the legendary Austrian climber Kurt Diemberger and the premier of Freddie Wilkinson and Rufus Lusk's new film about the Saser Kangri II expedition, "The Old Breed." View the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/35543356
Register for the dinner at the AAC website here: http://americanalpineclub.org/p/annual-benefit-dinner
Weekend Schedule:Friday, March 2:
5:00 p.m.: Welcome Reception at the Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA
7:00 p.m.: Kurt Diemberger presents: The White Mountain: Tales from the First Ascent of Dhaulagiri (8167 m)
The Westin's Commonwealth Ballroom, Boston, MA
OPEN TO ALL ($5 at the door/free for AAC Members)
Dhaulagiri, at 8,167m/26,795 ft., is the world's seventh highest mountain and the highest mountain entirely in Nepal. Don't miss this opportunity to hear legendary Austrian climber Kurt Diemberger speak about the first ascent of The White Mountain, which he accomplished in 1960.
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 world's 8,000-meter peaks, however, he is probably best known for his thirty-year association with K2, and for surviving the 1986 tragedy which claimed the lives of 13 climbers. This became the subject of his first book, “The Endless Knot,” and the award-winning movie “Mountain of Dreams and Destiny.” Kurt is an accomplished writer and filmmaker, and at age 80, is still an active climber. He and Connecticut climber Martin Torresquintero are heading to the Andes in March to climb Volcan San Jose (5,866 m/19,213 ft).
Saturday, March 3
1:00-3:00 p.m.: Metrorock Climbing Gym Outing
2:30 p.m.: Special film screening at the Westin Waterfront Hotel (Details TBA)
Annual Benefit Dinner & Saser Kangri II Presentation
at the Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA
4:30–5:30 p.m.: VIP Reception
5 p.m.–6 p.m.: Social, Drinks, Book Signings, and Silent Auction
6 p.m.–10 p.m.: Dinner, Awards, Auctions, and Partnership: Climbing through the Generations Presentation
Partnership: Climbing through the Generations
Last summer Boston native Mark Richey led an expedition to the remote peaks of the Indian Karakoram. His goal was to reach the summit of Saser Kangri II (7,518m), the second-highest unclimbed mountain in the world. For Mark and partner Steve Swenson, both in their 50s, the climb would be the capstone of their long and already distinguished climbing careers. To round out the team, they recruited four younger climbers: Freddie Wilkinson, Janet Bergman, Emilie Drinkwater, and Kirsten Kremer. Supporting each other from a shared basecamp, these six ropemates charted new ground on five new routes, including the coveted first ascent of Saser Kangri II.
The story of their expedition provides more than a glimpse into the future of exploratory alpinism. It highlights the powerful tradition long exemplified by the New England climbing community and The American Alpine Club: partnership across generations.
Please join Mark, Freddie, and the rest of the Saser Kangri II team for a journey—vividly told in words, images, and video—to one of the last frontiers of Himalayan climbing.