Mountain Adventurer Gerry Roach To Speak At Library
A new season of adventure programs kicks off at the Estes Valley Library on Monday, April 19. For the past three years, these programs showcasing adventure travel, nature photography, and the spirit of discovery have been tremendously popular. This year’s series is built around the theme, “Our Wonderful World.”
The season’s first program will feature longtime Boulder mountaineer and adventurer Gerry Roach in a presentation titled “16,389 Meters,” a pictorial feast spanning two continents, three cultures, and the highest peak in three countries. Three volcanoes-Mount Ararat in Turkey, Mount Elbrus in Russia, and Mount Damavand in Iran-form a mountain triumvirate that anchor the high ground between the Atlantic and the Karakorum. After exploring the disparate cultures of these three nations, Roach traces ascents of these mountains spanning three decades of exploration.
In more than sixty years of travel and mountaineering, Gerry Roach has explored and lived in dozens of countries and been on more than 30 major expeditions. After climbing Mount Everest in 1983, Roach went on to become the second person to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents. In 2003, Roach became the first person to climb every major peak over 16,000 feet in North America. He received the Sierra Club’s coveted Farquhar lifetime achievement award for mountaineering in 2005.
The Estes Valley Library will host this special event on Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to come early for a good seat. To see the full schedule of programs in the 2010 Our Wonderful World Adventure Series, pick up a brochure at the Library or visit www.estesvalleylibrary.org.