Subaru Outdoor Life Lecture
Monday, 1 Nov., 6–7 p.m., Colorado Convention Center
Join American mountaineer Conrad Anker as he presents the behind-the-scenes story of his new documentary, The Wildest Dream (www.thewildestdreammovie.com; in theaters August 2010). Anker will share his experiences on Mount Everest through spectacular film footage, stunning photos, and thrilling stories as only he can tell them.
In May 1999, as a member of the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition and en route to summiting Everest, Anker discovered the body of the eminent explorer George Mallory, whose disappearance, along with Sandy Irvine during their 1924 summit bid, had remained one of climbing's greatest mysteries. Anker's discovery and analysis of the find has shed new light on the pioneering climbs of early expeditions. Anker achieved his second summit of Everest on 14 June 2007 while filming The Wildest Dream, which is based on Mallory's quest.
Anker's specialty, simply put, is climbing the most technically challenging terrain in the world. This quest has taken him from the mountains of Alaska and Antarctica to the big walls of Patagonia and Baffin Island and the massive peaks of the Himalaya. Anker's Antarctic experience spans a decade, with first ascents in three regions. In 1997, Anker teamed up with Alex Lowe and Jon Krakauer to climb Rakekniven, a 2,500-ft wall in Queen Maud Land. In the Sentinel Range, Anker climbed the Vinson Massif via three new routes. His climbs in Pakistan's Karakoram include the west face of Latok II along the “Tsering Mosong” route, which begins at the same height as the summit of Denali, climbs 26 pitches on a vertical cliff, and then tops out at 23,342 feet. In 1998, Anker and Peter Croft made a first ascent of Spansar Peak via a 7,000-ft ridge in one day. In Patagonia, he climbed the three towers of the Cerro Torre Massif. On Yosemite's El Capitan he joined Steve Gerberding and Kevin Thaw to establish “Continental Drift,” a steep nail-up on the right side. And in Zion National Park, Mugs Stump and Anker first climbed the intimidating “Streaked Wall.”
Anker will be available after his talk to sign his book, The Lost Explorer, co-written with David Roberts. Copies will also be available for sale (cash/check only).