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One Man's Climb - A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2

Explorers Club Public Lecture Series with Adrian Hayes

British adventurer, mountaineer, and polar explorer Adrian Hayes tells the deeply moving story of his two attempts on K2 – the savage mountain.

Located in the Karakorum Himalayas on the borders of Pakistan and China, the world’s second tallest mountain has a tortuous history, which has resulted in less than 400 climbers reaching the top in the 64 years since its first ascent – compared to over 5,000 summits of Mt. Everest in the same period. Known as the ‘Mountaineers Mountain,’ K2 is the ultimate prize in mountaineering. Aside from so few people achieving the goal, its fatality rate – a sobering summit to death ratio of 25% - has left scores of climbers paying the ultimate price.

In his compelling presentation, Adrian will tell the story of the mountain and its huge dangers; his two profound attempts on it; and the powerful lessons he learned on the way.

Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote speaker, business coach, documentary presenter, and sustainability campaigner. An Arabic and Nepalese-speaking former British Army Gurkha Officer and Special Forces soldier, he has conquered Everest, K2, the North and South Poles, the length of Greenland by kite-ski, and the Arabian Desert by camel amidst a lifetime of adventure, setting two Guinness World Records for polar expeditions in recent years.

Hayes has featured in three documentaries: The Greenland Quest in 2011 for the National Geographic Channel; Footsteps of Thesiger in 2013 and In Inner Mongolia in 2017 for the Discovery Channel and is now an establishing television and documentary presenter. His first book, Footsteps of Thesiger, was published in 2013, and details his 44-day journey across the Arabian Desert. His second book, ‘One Man’s Climb – A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2’ was launched in the Middle East in March 2018 and will be published in the rest of the world in November 2018.

Date: Tuesday, November 13th

Time: 6:00 Reception, 7:00 Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5 with valid student ID

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