October 08, 2009 09:51 ET

Mountaineering in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities

The Explorers Club Celebrates Mountaineering and Mountain Exploration

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - On Saturday, October 17th, The Explorers Club celebrates those individuals who have braved our planet's highest peaks and risked life for the benefit of standing, even for a moment, on the top of the world. This is "Mountain Stories," a special event at The Explorers Club featuring presentations from some of the most prominent individuals in mountaineering.

The day starts at 9:00am with a continental breakfast and coffee followed by a series of presentations celebrating the sport of mountaineering and mountain exploration. A full lunch is served at noon and the day closes with a book signing and cocktail party at 5:00pm which provides an opportunity for attendees to meet with the speakers.

Speakers include:

Robert Anderson -- Mountain Guide, Everest summiteer, and author of "Seven Summits Solo" and "Antonovs over the Arctic," Mr. Anderson will discuss the challenges of Antarctic climbing. Mr. Anderson's accomplishments have appeared on NBC's "Today Show" and he has been interviewed on CNN, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated & USA Today.

Jennifer Loew-Anker -- Artist and author of "Forget Me Not," a beautifully written story of great love and a tribute to Alex Lowe and his "tribe" of climbers. In 1999 Jennifer's husband Alex, widely considered one of the greatest modern climbers, died tragically in an avalanche on the Himalayan mountain Shishapangma, leaving her alone to raise their three sons.

Ken Kamler, MD -- Ken is a nationally recognized surgeon, explorer and climber who has made significant and lasting contributions to the advancement and practice of extreme medicine in some of the most remote regions on Earth. He is the author of "Doctor on Everest," a memoir about his experiences as the doctor on the tragic Everest expedition documented in "Into Thin Air."

Graham Bowley -- Graham is a New York Times reporter who has had numerous assignments in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Graham will be discussing the challenges facing K-2 climbers. His book about the tragedy on K-2 will be published next year by HarperCollins.

Freddie Wilkinson & Janet Bergman -- New England-based Mountain Hardwear professional climbers and mountain guides, Freddie was the 2007 recipient of the "Robert Hicks Bates Award" for young climbers. He and Janet will discuss the challenges confronting young climbers in the 21st century.

Kevin Mahoney -- Kevin is a UIAGM certified mountain guide and Mountain Hardwear climber from New Hampshire. Juggling his time between his family, and his own guide service, Kevin has been nominated for the "Piolet d'Or" for the first ascent of "Arctic Rage" on the "Moose's Tooth" in Alaska.

The event is open to the public and held at The Explorers Club's historic headquarters in New York City which is located at 46 East 70th Street. This "not for profit" event is $60 for adults and $25 for students.

Contact Information

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    The Explorers Club
    (212) 628-8383
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