Hear climbers, adventurers speak at upcoming events

The Mountaineers have a number of interesting events coming up soon. Here’s a roundup.

First, on Monday, Ed Viesturs will be speaking with Fitz Cahall of the Dirtbag Diaries podcast at the Mountaineers program center in Seattle at 7 p.m. From the Mountaineers’ description of the event:

Perhaps best described by Jon Krakauer, “Ed Viesturs is not merely one of our strongest mountaineers; he’s also one of the most remarkable. He’s demonstrated that it’s possible to climb the world’s highest peaks without taking reckless chances, and without sacrificing one’s honor or integrity. He has never hesitated to help other climbers in need, even when it meant putting himself in danger or sacrificing his own opportunity to achieve a summit. Ed, simply put, is a genuine American hero.”

Click here for more information and to get tickets.

Next up, on Tuesday, Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, will present a free multi-media presentation, with videos, photos and bits from Erin’s new book at 7 p.m. The event is also at the Mountaineers program center, hosted by Mountaineers books. The McKittricks are adventure trekkers. They have explored areas that would intimidate many people — and they do it with their two young children along. They will speak about their new book, “Small Feet, Big Land.” Get more information here. There will be hot cocoa and cookies.

Finally, on Nov. 2, hear about mystery and adventure on Mount Everest. Schelleen Scott-Rathkopf will speak about her experiences on an expedition team to Mount Everest. The team was trying to discover what had happened to climbers who had vanished in 1924 while attempting to be the first to summit Mount Everest. I wrote a story about it, and I’m certain it’s going to be fascinating to hear her story and see her photos. Read more about it here.

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