On February 22, 2009, the American Alpine Club (AAC) presented a special event called “Climbatology” at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO. The event was MC’d by Conrad Anker, AAC Board Member, climber extraordinaire, ambassador for The North Face, and “the man who found Mallory” on Mt. Everest. Anker shared his own observations on climate change before introducing Alton Byers, who unveiled what is arguably the best photographic documentation of how climate change is affecting the world’s highest, most famous mountain.
Byers, a mountain geographer and Director of the Alpine Conservation Partnership, spent 30 days in the Mt. Everest region this fall, recreating the prized 1950s-era photographs of Swiss glaciologist Fritz Müller and Austrian alpinist and mapmaker Erwin Schneider. “This is the first time that their photographs have been replicated, and they give us an on-the-ground experience of climate change in the Everest region during the past 50 years,” said Byers. Financing the expedition were the American Alpine Club, the Mountain Institute, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
Download documentation of the event (.PDF): Climbatology_Photo_Pairings_Web_Version.pdf