When: Feb 26, 2011
Where: Seattle, WA
Please save the date for the 2011 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner, to be held in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Registration is now closed.
AAC President Steve Swenson invites you to join a conversation—"On Commitment"—with Dr. Tom Hornbein and Steve House. Two of America’s most accomplished climbers from two distinct eras, they will share stories and views on the risks, sacrifices, joys and freedoms that accompany absolute commitment in the mountains.
This keynote conversation, a boisterous climbers’ party, award ceremonies, the annual AAC member meeting, and a special reception are all part of the 2011 Annual Benefit Dinner weekend.
Join us for the Club’s biggest event of the year. A special discounted rate is now available for those ages 28 and under. AAC members enjoy a special rate, as well.
Dr. Tom Hornbein and Steve House request your attendance at the American Alpine Club’s 2011 Annual Benefit Dinner. These luminaries will be sharing thoughts about risk, identifying the virtues and hardships that mountains yield in return for intense commitment.
Just weeks after the first American ascent of Mount Everest in 1963, Tom Hornbein and his partners began charting Everest’s unexplored west ridge. Desperately short on resources and with little hope of retreat, they pushed on to reach the summit. By descending to the southeast, they also became the first to traverse Earth’s highest peak. Yvon Chouinard has called their effort the single greatest achievement in American mountaineering.
Over the last 20 years, Steve House has sought out the world’s most formidable walls—the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat; the south face of Denali; the Emperor Face of Mt. Robson—that demand the same sort of commitment that Hornbein and his team exhibited in 1963. Whether in the Alaska Range, Canadian Rockies, Pakistan’s Karakoram or the high Himalaya, House’s style is fast, light and clean, often solo or with just a single partner.
On February 26, Hornbein and House will share their stories and views on commitment with you, and climbers from every generation, in the stunning International Promenade of the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. Enjoy an award-winning meal while overlooking Seattle’s waterfront, and be there in person as the AAC presents its Underhill Award for Climbing Achievement, Brower Conservation Award, Heilprin Award for service to the Club, Bates Award for Youth Achievement in Climbing and the Annual Literary Award.
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