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The American Alpine Club's Second Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner
Submitted By: John McNamee on Jan 29, 2009

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PLEASE JOIN US for our 2nd Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner with speaker GREG MORTENSON!

Greg Mortenson is co-author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, Three Cups of Tea, One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time.

When: Saturday, February 21, 2009
Where: Denver Marriott West, Golden, CO
Cost: $200

The evening will include a Three Cups of Tea book signing (bring your copy or purchase at the event), live and silent auctions, dinner, libations, presentation by Greg Mortenson, awards ceremony, and more. This year's Underhill Award for Lifetime Climbing Achievement will be presented to LAYTON KOR - don't miss it!

Proceeds will benefit the American Alpine Club's conservation efforts and the Central Asia Institute.

For more INFO &/or to REGISTER, call 303-384-0110, or email


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By Brian Schoep
Jan 30, 2009
If you haven't heard Greg's story, I can assure you won't be disappointed at this dinner. If you can't make this dinner, I strongly recommend picking up his book. You'll have a great read ahead of you and be supporting an amazing cause at the same time.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 30, 2009
Also read the excellent Article in December's Outside about Greg's recent trips to Afghanistan.
By Justin Voorhees
From: Fort Collins, CO
Feb 4, 2009

Golden, Colorado – What do a best-selling author, NASA astronaut, handful of renowned explorers, and couple dozen icons of climbing have in common? They’ll all be gathering in Golden on February 21st for The American Alpine Club’s Annual Benefit & Awards Dinner. And you’re welcome to join them.

Greg Mortenson, Author of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, Three Cups of Tea, will provide the evening’s keynote address and will be available for book signing. Other attendees include:
• Layton Kor, quite possibly the most accomplished and influential climber of his time. He will receive the Club’s Underhill Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of his many pioneering ascents in the 1950s and ’60s.
• Lonnie and Ellen Thompson, who will be there to receive the Club’s Brower Award for conservation. The Paleoclimatologist couple has spent decades pioneering our understanding of climate change by coring and studying ice from mountain glaciers and ice caps around the world.
• John Grunsfeld, a NASA astronaut scheduled to fly the next shuttle mission. He’ll be bringing a camera belonging to the late Brad Washburn into space for one last picture.
• The discovers of Mallory’s body on Mt Everest.
• The youngest person to ever climb all of Colorado’s 14ers without support.
• Two members of the American first ascent of Antarctica’s highest peak.
• Two women from the infamous 1996 year on Everest—featured in Into Thin Air.
• AAC president Jim Donini fresh from another season of first ascents in Patagonia.

The $200 price for the evening (which includes a three course dinner) supports the AAC’s international conservation efforts and Central Asia Institute’s ongoing work building schools. Sign up at or by calling 303-384-0110 x40.

About The American Alpine Club: The AAC inspires and supports and the climbing community and protects its playgrounds around the world. The AAC is perhaps best know for publishing the world’s most sought after annual climbing publication, The American Alpine Journal, caring for the world’s leading mountaineering library and offering annual climbing, conservation and research grants to budding adventurers. Learn more and become a member at

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