Beyond The Seven Summits: Gerry Roach Shares Lifetime Of Adventures
Gerry Roach’s quest for the Seven Summits spanned four decades, and when it was all said and done, his efforts combined into a panorama journey across some of the planet’s most beautiful and elusive destinations. Roach, an acclaimed author and mountaineer, will be the special guest at the Estes Valley Library’s next “Our Wonderful World” program this Monday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place in the spacious setting at National Park Village in the Rocky Mountain Opry Theater at 900 Moraine Avenue, next to The Other Side Restaurant. Admission is free and open to all.
In their scope, Roach’s expeditions led him far beyond the traditional Seven Continent Summits or even the so-called Eight Summits. His climbs of continental summits were interspersed with many other ascents and expeditions, climbing through an era when it was not so easy to reach remote destinations. Monday’s full-color show describes Roach’s climbs of Denali, Kosciuszko, Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Foraker, Blackburn, Manaslu, Xixabangma, Everest, Elbrus, Gangkar Punsam, Kinabalu, Vinson, as well as the Carstenz Pyramid.
Gerry Roach is the second person ever to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents. In six decades of mountaineering he has climbed in dozens of states and countries, and in 2000 he became the first person to climb North America’s ten highest peaks. He has been on fifteen Alaskan expeditions, ten Andean expeditions, and seven Himalayan expeditions, including first ascents in the kingdom of Bhutan. Roach began climbing in Colorado in 1955 and has climbed more than 1200 named peaks in the state.
“Our Wonderful World” is presented as a learning and storytelling opportunity that celebrates magnificent destinations near and far. The Library offers a special thank-you to the Webermeier family and the staff of National Park Village, as well as the performers of Rocky Mountain Opry, for their generosity in providing this year’s event space. For more information on the Our Wonderful World series and other upcoming programs, contact the Library at (970) 586-8116.