Opening Night Nov. 18th- Alpine Styles: Climbing and Mountaineering Art Exhibition

ALPINE STYLES is an exhibition showcasing art that is about climbing, mountaineering and the mountain world. Works include illustrations that have appeared in climbing magazines and publications, and personal work being shown for the first time in public.  Featured artists include Jamie Givens, Keith Svihovec, Emilie Lee, Mike Tea, Renan Ozturk and more.

Opening night is November 18th, 6PM, at the American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, CO.

RSVP on the Facebook Event Page

The exhibition opening will coincide with the Thirsty Third Thursday event at the Museum. There will be drinks and live music to enjoy as well!

All art is for sale, and all sales will partially benefit the Mountaineering Museum and the American Alpine Club Library.

 

 

sPeaker Series, May 5th: Mountain2Mountain in Afghanistan

The Mountaineering Museum presents:


Mountain 2 Mountain
Breaking Barriers on Two Wheels in Afghanistan

May 5th 2010 @ 7:00PM (Museum Open @ 5:30)

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Shannon Galpin has travelled to Afghanistan five times in the past two years on behalf of her fledging non profit, Mountain 2 Mountain.  Established to strike at the heart of gender inequity and human rights, Mountain 2 Mountain looks at girls education as the entry point to the full cycle of support needed to create lasting change for Afghanistan.

Working within the women’s prisons, building schools in rural mountain communities, and establishing computers labs in Kabul, are the first steps in their charge to create educational and trade opportunities and to provide the follow through to microfinance and small business start up.

Shannon became the first woman to mountain bike in the country, and has used that unique experience to bring her closer in communication with the men and women she encounters and to highlight the rugged beauty of this land often lost in the battle of war.

“Education for women and girls is the first step towards empowerment.  When these girls are given the tools not just to read and write, but to critically think, to understand political and social issues that affect them, then have the ability to be heard, to be respected, and to become the catalysts for change within their own country.  This will do more for women’s rights, violence against women and children, and economic growth than anything else we can do.”  Shannon Galpin

Sponsored by: First Ascent and KEEN Footwear

$3 CMC/AAC Members, $5 Non-Members – FREE to Friends of the Museum and Friends of the AAC Library.

April 13th is Book Club!

This month’s book club discussion is about K2: The Savage Mountain.  Two of the authors,  Charles Houston and Robert Bates, are being inducted into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence this Saturday,  so we’ve got a small exhibit up in the American Mountaineering Center that includes the famous Red Umbrella, which the ’54 Italian party retrieved from 22,000 feet. (Check out pg. 25 for a photo of the group hot springing it near Askole, umbrella in hand.)

Come to book club even if you haven’t read the book – it should be an interesting night!  It’ll be in the museum after hours so you’ll have to enter through the library.

Tonight! Phil Powers: Life lessons from K2 and other big mountains

The Mountaineering Museum presents:
Phil Powers
Life lessons from K2 and other big mountains

April 7th 2010 @ 7:00PM (Museum Reception @ 5:30)

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Powers is author of Wilderness Mountaineering and Climbing: Expedition Planning. His essay, “The Importance of Pace“, was aired on NPR’s “This I Believe” in 2006. Powers has led dozens of expeditions to South America, Alaska and Pakistan’s Karakoram Range, including ascents of K2 and Gasherbrum II without supplemental oxygen. He made the first ascent of the Washburn Face on Denali, naming it in recognition of the impact longtime AAC member Bradford Washburn’s photos had in the planning and route research of many Alaska climbs. Powers also made the first ascent of Lukpilla Brakk’s Western Edge in Pakistan, and the first winter traverse of the Tetons’ Cathedral Peaks.

Phil Powers joined the American Alpine Club as executive director in May of 2005. His previous experience in the non-profit world includes service as vice president for institutional advancement at Naropa University and seventeen years with the National Outdoor Leadership School as chief mountaineering instructor and development/partnerships director. He remains an owner of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

Sponsored by: First Ascent and KEEN Footwear

$3 CMC/AAC Members, $5 Non-Members – FREE to Friends of the Museum and Friends of the AAC Library.

April 7 sPeaker Series: Phil Powers

The Mountaineering Museum presents:

Phil Powers
Life lessons from K2 and other big mountains

April 7th 2010 @ 7:00PM (Museum Reception @ 5:30)

phil  photo

Powers is author of Wilderness Mountaineering and Climbing: Expedition Planning.  His essay, “The Importance of Pace”, was aired on NPR’s “This I Believe” in 2006.  Powers has led dozens of expeditions to South America, Alaska and Pakistan’s Karakoram Range, including ascents of K2 and Gasherbrum II without supplemental oxygen.  He made the first ascent of the Washburn Face on Denali, naming it in recognition of the impact longtime AAC member Bradford Washburn’s photos had in the planning and route research of many Alaska climbs.  Powers also made the first ascent of Lukpilla Brakk’s Western Edge in Pakistan, and the first winter traverse of the Tetons’ Cathedral Peaks.

Phil Powers joined the American Alpine Club as executive director in May of 2005.  His previous experience in the non-profit world includes service as vice president for institutional advancement at Naropa University and seventeen years with the National Outdoor Leadership School as chief mountaineering instructor and development/partnerships director.  He remains an owner of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

Sponsored by: First Ascent and KEEN Footwear

$3 CMC/AAC Members, $5 Non-Members – FREE to Friends of the Museum and Friends of the AAC Library.

Book Club: April 13th: K2: The Savage Mountain

Last month the book club read Steve House’s book, Beyond the Mountain.  Steve generously offered to spend some time on the phone and ended up talking with book club members for over an hour.   There was an abundance of beer and some homemade but gourmet brownies.   Friendliness and good feelings abounded  – so much so that the name Book Club Fight Club was questioned.  A search for a new name is now in progress.

The April 13th book club selection, K2: The Savage Mountain, coincides with the Mountaineering Museum’s first gala event – the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence – which takes place on April 10th.

The authors of the book, Charles Houston and Robert Bates, will be honored at the Gala, along with Yvon Chouinard and Robert Craig.  Ed Viesturs will be the guest speaker.  So you can see that a reading or re-reading of this classic of mountaineering is an urgent matter now that the end of March is upon us.  Sign up for the book club’s google group and join in the conversation!  Come to Book Club on April 13th, and don’t forget to buy your tickets for the April 1oth event!

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
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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.