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2012 Annual Benefit Dinner Weekend

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Buy Your Tickets Now for the 2012 Annual Benefit Dinner Weekend—Last Day to Buy Tickets is February 24

When: March 2 & 3, 2012

Where: Boston, MA

Waterfront Dining, Awards, and Auctions—Click for Details & Schedule

Win a prize package so unique that it cannot be bought


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.

The Old Breed from Cowboy Bear Ninja on Vimeo.



Weekend Schedule

Friday March 2:

Westin Waterfront Hotel
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

4:00 p.m.: Annual Members' Meeting–Otis Room
5:00 p.m.: Before the Kurt Diemberger slide show, please join us for a Welcome Reception, sponsored by Black Diamond Equipment, in the Saucity Bar at the Westin Waterfront Hotel. Light refreshments, beer, and wine will be served.
7:00 p.m.: Kurt Diemberger Slideshow—Commonwealth Ballroom

Saturday March 3:

1:00-3:00 p.m.: MetroRock Climbing Gym Outing. Details to follow.

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Book Signings by Freddie WilkinsonBernadette McDonald and Ed Webster - Westin Hotel Otis Room

Seaport Hotel
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210-2031

Annual Benefit Dinner & Saser Kangri II Presentation

4:30–5:30 p.m.: VIP Reception–Flagship Ballroom
5 p.m.–6 p.m.: Social, Drinks, and Silent Auction–Plaza Lobby
6 p.m.–10 p.m.: Dinner, Awards, Auctions, and Partnership: Climbing through the Generations Presentation–Plaza Ballroom

Accommodations and Dinner Location: 
Seaport Hotel
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210-2031

(617) 385-5000


Attire: Coat and Tie

Additional Information

Meal Choices:
Meat: Grilled Marinated Pork Porterhouse and Vinegar Peppers with Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
Fish: Pan Roasted Filet of Salmon, Heirloom Beans and Bacon with Crispy Parsnips
Veggie: Butternut Squash Ravioli, Sage Butter with Crispy Parsnips


Parking Options for Friday and Saturday



Previous Benefit Dinners:

2011, Seattle, Washington

Illustration: Jamie Givensjamiegivensstudio.com