25 Aug Conquering K2 & Everest
Assalamu Alaykum / Peace be upon you,
K2 is known as the Savage Mountain. For every four persons who summit the second highest peak in the world, one dies in the attempt. Nobody has ever tamed the mountain in winter. What does it take to conquer the highest point of the Karakoram? How does one physically and mentally prepare for the extreme challenge? What is it like to be on top of the world? MAPS is very honored to host one of the most recognized names in mountain climbing, ex president of the American Alpine Club Steve Swanson on Friday October 7th at 6:30PM. Steve has made ascents of the North Ridge of K2 and the North Ridge of Everest solo – both without supplementary oxygen (more below).
Come for an evening of stories of ascent, of struggle and of conquest. Learn about the sublime beauty of the Karakoram on the Pakistan-China border. Listen to stories of the local and ancient people who live in the shadows of this range.
This is an open to the public and free event. Please come with families and friends. And make sure you bring all the kids. Light refreshments will be served.
MAPS Main Hall, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052. Tel. 425-861-9555
Steve Swenson and has been climbing for 46 years. With nearly 20 expeditions to mountains in South Asia, Steve has made ascents of the North Ridge of K2 and the North Ridge of Everest solo – both without supplementary oxygen. In 2012 he and his partners made the first ascent of Saser Kangri II (7518 meters) – the second highest unclimbed mountain in the world for which they were awarded the prestigious Piolet d Or. He is a past president of the American Alpine Club and lives with his wife, Ann Dalton in Seattle and has two grown sons, Lars and Jed. Before recently retiring, he worked as a consultant for 35 years to municipalities and counties on engineering, design, project management, utility finance, and policy making projects related to water and sanitation. He has written articles for Climbing, Rock and Ice, and Alpinist magazines as well as the American Alpine Journal. He contributed to the recent publication Rock, Paper, Fire – an anthology of mountain and wilderness writing and is the author of a book on the Karakoram that is scheduled to be published by Mountaineers Books in the spring of 2017.