SNOWBIRD, UTAH An impressive number of Mount Everest summits and the work of the high-altitude workers of Nepal will be celebrated at An Everest Evening Thursday, Aug. 9. The Snowbird Renaissance Center and Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation will host a fund-raiser for the Khumbu Climbing School featuring world-renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker and several other Western and Sherpa summiters at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird.
Guests will see a glimpse of the Khumbu with a film and slide presentation about the Khumbu Climbing School in the village of Phortse and Everest Region of Nepal. World record holder Apa Sherpa and other Sherpa guests from the Khumbu Climbing School will be present and Ankers successful ascent of the North Ridge of Everest and Apa Sherpas successful Super Sherpa summit on the South Side will be revisited.
Ankers journeys to climb some of the most technical terrain on earth have taken him from the icefalls of Alaska and Antarctica to the big walls of Patagonia, from mixed climbs in the Alps and Russia to the massive peaks of the Himalaya. In 1999, as a member of the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition on Mount Everest, Anker discovered the body of George Mallory, the preeminent Everest explorer of the 1920s.
An Everest Evening includes a fund-raiser at the Cliff Lodge beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a live auction, silent auction and reception. The auction will include a donated wooden Grivel ice ax signed by all of the Everest summiters at the event. A ticket to the event is $50. For reservations and information on tickets call (801) 933-2147.
The Khumbu Climbing School is a vocational training program for the high altitude workers of Nepal run by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. The school is held annually in Phortse, Khumbu, and includes technical training for ice and rock climbing, mountain safety and English language lessons. For information about the Khumbu Climbing School, visit alexlowe.org
The Snowbird Renaissance Center is a non-profit 501©(3) for the purpose of improving human understanding through the enhancement of body, mind and spirit. The center provides performances, events, classes and other activities that foster appreciation for and excellence in the arts, sciences and humanities. For more information, go to snowbirdrc.org
For more information about Conrad Anker contact Pamela Hainsworth, (406) 580-8656, and for more information about Apa Sherpa contact Jerry Mika at (801) 671-8419.
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