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The American Mountaineering Museum’s Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala and Induction Ceremony

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5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

American Mountaineering Center and Museum

Attire: Carabiners and Cummerbunds  (semi-formal)

Enjoy cocktails, dinner, live auction, induction ceremony

and special guest speaker, Ed Viesturs

The Event

Please join us for a spectacular night April 10th, 2010 at the American Mountaineering Center and Museum for the first annual Hall of Mountaineering Excellence awards gala, as we honor significant individuals in mountaineering’s past and present. The night will include fine dining, entertainment, a program honoring the first inductees into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence and special guest speaker Ed Viesturs.

The American Mountaineering Museum will induct four members into the new Hall of Mountaineering Excellence celebrating the lives and achievements of American climbers Yvon Chouinard, Robert Craig, Robert Bates, and Dr. Charles Houston.

The evening will be filled with stories of each mountaineer’s greatest ascents and expeditions, memories of the inductees no longer with us, as well as an appreciative look at each man’s work beyond the climbing world.

In addition to being a pioneering ice and big-wall climber, Chouinard has been one of the most important outdoor equipment and clothing innovators of modern times and a leading voice of environmental activism. Bates, Craig, and Houston are perhaps best known as climbers for their roles in the dramatic K2 expedition of 1953, but each has had profound impacts outside mountaineering: Bates as a beloved educator; Craig as founder and longtime president of the Keystone Center public-policy conference center; and Houston as a doctor and medical researcher.

At the awards gala on April 10 in Golden, Colorado, Chouinard and Craig are expected to accept their awards in person; the family and friends of Bates and Houston, who both have passed on, will accept their awards.
Date: April 10th, 2010
Location: American Mountaineering Center and Museum
Tickets on sale now!

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2010 Inductees

Hall inductees

From left to right.  Robert Craig, Robert Bates, Dr. Charles Houston, Yvon Chouinard

The Award

In keeping with the goals, mission, and vision of the American Mountaineering Museum, the inductees are broad-spectrum in their accomplishments on and off the mountain. Criteris is listed below.

1.      Accomplished mountaineer: Any inductee must have a substantial list of mountaineering accomplishments under his/her belt. This can be in any discipline – mountaineering, rock, ice, mixed, etc. Inductees should have a background that includes significant achievements like ground breaking first ascents, etc.

2.      Multi-dimensional: The museum focuses not only on the sport of mountaineering, but also on the tangential aspects of climbing, namely environment, culture, art, teamwork, etc. Thus, any inductee must not be simply a great mountaineer, but must also have made contributions of significance in other areas relating to the mountains. These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Giving back to the climbing community directly through advocacy, financial support (grants, etc.), activism, etc.
  • Giving back to the climbing community indirectly through the creation of an admirable and inspiring legacy which touches and inspires current and future generations of climbers.
  • Positively impacting the cultures and peoples of the mountains through various works.
  • Positively impacting the environment of the mountains through various works.
  • Preserving mountain and mountain climbing history through various works.
  • Contributing heavily and uniquely to mountain art, through poetry, painting, photography, video/film, etc.
  • Contributing to the field of mountain science and medicine.

* special thank you to Sam Spina for the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence logo design.


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