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June 29th: Mountaineering in the Middle Kingdom with Bruce Normand

Posted on: June 21st, 2010 by AAC Library

The American Alpine Club Library and Neptune Mountaineering presents

Mountaineering in the Middle Kingdom with Bruce Normand

Tuesday June 29th 6:30PM

710 10th St, Golden, CO

AAC Library – Foss Auditorium

Jed Brown, Kyle Dempster, and Bruce Normand (L to R) in front of the north face of Xuelian West. Courtesy of Jed Brown

Most of the world’s biggest mountain ranges, and the vast majority of its unclimbed mountains over 6000m fall within the political borders of China.  Bruce Normand has spent several expeditions exploring the further reaches of the Middle Kingdom, and begins this slide show with an overview of its mountains.  The focus of the first half is on his climbs in central and eastern Tibet, while in the second he turns to the Tien Shan range in Xinjiang, where his team’s hard, new route on unclimbed Xuelian West was awarded one of the Piolets d’Or 2010.

Sponsored by an AAC Spitzer grant, Brown, Dempster, and Normand were honored for the first ascent of the north face of Xuelian West (6,422m/21,070′).  The three men, along with American Jared Vilhauer, were among the first climbers to explore the north side of the impressive Xuelian massif in the Chinese Tien Shan.

Free for AAC Members and Friends of the Library and Museum Members, $3 CMC members and $5 for general public. All proceeds benefit the American Alpine Club Library.  Looking to climb in China?  Browse the AAC Library for the beta you need!

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