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Mount Everest: Five Breakthrough Expeditions

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1B0094
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Please note this program has different ticket options. The member + book and nonmember + book price will include a copy of My Mountain: My Time on Everest.

Sir Edmund Hillary said that nobody remembers who climbed Mount Everest the second time, but the truth is there have been several notable expeditions up the world’s tallest mountain. High-altitude mountaineer David Roberts, co-author of The Mountain: My Time on Everest, provides a guide to the top five.

The epic journeys he recounts include the first ascent of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953; the 1963 West Ridge climb of Thomas Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld; the Chris Bonington-led 1975 expedition to the Southwest Face; Reinhold Messner’s solo summit climb without the aid of oxygen in 1980; and the first successful ascent of the Kangshung Face by a team led by James D. Morrissey in 1983.

Generally acknowledged as the dean of American climbing literature, Roberts is a lifelong mountaineer and the award-winning author of dozens of books and articles on climbing.

Part of the Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them program series.

Other Connections

See Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay in a contemporary British newsreel report of their conquest of Everest.

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