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Special Event: Mountaineering Legends Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin

Mountaineer and author Conrad Anker will join fellow mountaineer, filmmaker and photographer Jimmy Chin at the Explorers Club on November 17 at 6:00 pm. They will share their partnership and personal journeys of success, challenge and hardship in the world's highest mountains.

Climbing, skiing, and working with the best in the industry, Jimmy Chin has made a storied career documenting breakthrough expeditions around the world. He is one of the few people to ski from the summit of Everest. His photography has been featured in the pages and on the cover of National Geographic and many more periodicals. The recent documentary film, Meru, directed by his wife Chai Vasarhelyi won the Audience Award at Sundance and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Meru featured Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk chronicling their first ascent of the "Shark's Fin" route on Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas. Chin is a 16 year veteran of The North Face Athlete Team. Jimmy and Chai are currently finishing work on another feature documentary film featuring renowned solo climber, Alex Honnold.

With many first ascents and new routes around the globe, ranging from Antarctica to Alaska and the Himalaya, Conrad Anker is a modern climbing legend and author of the Lost Explorer. In 1999 on the North side of Everest, he discovered the body of George Mallory, a British mountaineer who disappeared during an attempted first ascent in 1924. It inspired the documentary film, The Wildest Dream and Anker’s second Everest summit where he freed the second step. He returned for a third summit without oxygen in 2012 as leader of the National Geographic Science and Education expedition. He has worked with Extreme Ice Survey in Nepal, placing cameras to monitor receding Himalayan glaciers. Anker’s climbing career spans over twenty five years and his expeditions and writing have been featured in countless periodicals. Anker is the captain of The North Face Athlete Team where he has worked for over thirty years and in 2017, Anker received an honorary doctorate for his visionary public service. He serves on the boards of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, the American Himalayan Foundation and Protect our Winters.

Anker is married to author and artist, Jenni Lowe-Anker, who is President of the ALCF and will be in attendance. They recently traveled with their sons to Shishapangma in Tibet to recover and cremate the remains of alpinist, Alex Lowe who was buried in an avalanche in 1999.

The Khumbu Climbing Center was established by the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation in 2003. The KCC promotes safe technical climbing and educates indigenous Nepali High Altitude climbers. As a culture, the Sherpa have benefitted from the economic boon of Everest but they have also suffered great loss of life since the first attempts were made to climb the peak. The KCC headquarters, an earthquake safe and passive solar building in the village of Phortse is slated to be complete in 2019. In the 16th year of its program, the KCC will continue to honor, educate and help safeguard Nepali climbers while sustaining the climbing history and culture of indigenous Nepali.

Their next adventure...Conrad and Jimmy will be departing the following day with a North Face team to Queen Maudland, Antarctica.

Visit or @khumbuclimbingcenter on instagram to learn more about the KCC.

Date: Friday, November 17

Time: 6:00 pm General Reception, 7:00 pm Presentations, 8:00 pm VIP Reception

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

Reservation Notes:

Tickets for this event are $10 for Members,  $25 for the General Public, $10 for Sherpa Guests, and $5 for students. Tickets include 6pm cocktail reception and 7pm lecture.

Additional $50 ticket available for 8pm VIP reception, including cocktails, appetizers, and the chance to meet Conrad and Jimmy,. This reception includes a book signing and photo op! Come and learn more about the Khumbu Climbing Center.

For reservations, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 212.628.8383.

Photos courtesy of Jimmy Chin

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