In the Balance: Himalayan Climbing Panel January 11

In the Balance: A panel discussion on the future of Himalayan climbing
Thursday, January 11, 2007
7 p.m. at The Mountaineers, 300 Third Ave, Seattle, WA

In 1996, tragedy struck Mt. Everest on a scale comparable to the mountain's stature as highest in the world. Various factors contributed to the events, making it one of the deadliest years in the climbing history of Everest, and perhaps the Himalayas. This year, a couple of high-profile rescues and deaths have reopened debate on climbing in the region. On Thursday, January 11, The Mountaineers in Seattle will host a panel discussion on the current state of safety, ethics, and crowding in the Himalayas. The panel includes Eric Simonson (commercial guide/climber), Dan Mazur (commercial guide/climber), Michael Kennedy (climber), Ed Douglas (climber, author), Tom Hornbein (climber), and Ray Huey (Everest authority).

The evening will begin with a segment from the documentary film, "Brotherhood of the Rope," a retelling of the harrowing exploits of the 1953 K2 expedition. The segment will help frame the discussion of safety and high-altitude rescue. The panel discussion follows, moderated by Tom Hornbein, a well-known veteran Himalayan climber. A question-and-answer session with the panel will cap the event.

The panel will take place at The Mountaineers Building in Seattle (300 Third Ave W). Admission is $12 for the general public, $8 for members, and tickets for the event can be purchased through The Mountaineers office or by calling 206-284-6310.

This event is sponsored by MSR and Therm-A-Rest.

Read more about the panelists on The Mountaineer's web site.

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