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AAC Annual Dinner Event: A Who's Who of Climbing


Submitted by JustinVoorhees on 2009-02-11 | Last Modified on 2009-03-24

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by Justin Voorhees


SPEND AN EVENING WITH THREE CUPS OF TEA, ONE ASTRONAUT, AND DOZENS OF CLIMBING ICONS

Golden, Colorado – What do a best-selling author, NASA astronaut, handful of renowned explorers, and couple dozen icons of climbing have in common? They’ll all be gathering in Golden on February 21st for The American Alpine Club’s Annual Benefit & Awards Dinner. And you’re welcome to join them.

Greg Mortenson, Author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, Three Cups of Tea, will provide the evening’s keynote address and will be available for book signing. Other attendees include:

  • Layton Kor, quite possibly the most accomplished and influential climber of his time. He will receive the Club’s Underhill Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of his many pioneering ascents in the 1950s and ’60s.
  • Lonnie and Ellen Thompson, who will be there to receive the Club’s Brower Award for conservation. The Paleoclimatologist couple has spent decades pioneering our understanding of climate change by coring and studying ice from mountain glaciers and ice caps around the world.
  • John Grunsfeld, a NASA astronaut scheduled to fly the next shuttle mission. He’ll be bringing a camera belonging to the late Brad Washburn into space for one last picture.
  • The discovers of Mallory’s body on Mt Everest.
  • The youngest person to ever climb all of Colorado’s 14ers without support.
  • Two members of the American first ascent of Antarctica’s highest peak.
  • Two women from the infamous 1996 year on Everest—featured in Into Thin Air.
  • AAC president Jim Donini fresh from another season of first ascents in Patagonia.

The $200 price for the evening (which includes a three course dinner) supports the AAC’s international conservation efforts and Central Asia Institute’s ongoing work building schools. Sign up at www.AmericanAlpineClub.org or by calling 303-384-0110 x40.

About The American Alpine Club: The AAC inspires and supports and the climbing community and protects its playgrounds around the world. The AAC is perhaps best know for publishing the world’s most sought after annual climbing publication, The American Alpine Journal, caring for the world’s leading mountaineering library and offering annual climbing, conservation and research grants to budding adventurers. Learn more and become a member at AmericanAlpineClub.org.

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