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Second Annual Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

This Saturday, April 9th, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum will host the Second Annual Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala and an induction ceremony to celebrate the achievements of five American mountaineers. The Gala is a joint production of the American Alpine Club and the Colorado Mountain Club.

This year’s inductees include Thomas Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld of the legendary 1963 West Ridge ascent of Everest; rock climbing pioneer and prolific author, Royal Robbins; leader of “manless climbing,” Miriam Underhill; and the unofficial world-record holder for first ascents, Fred Beckey.

The Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala will honor each mountaineer for his or her accomplishments on and off the mountain, recounting stories of first ascents and expeditions and fond memories of inductees no longer with us. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, catered dinner, live entertainment, auction, and keynote speech by inductee Royal Robbins.

Family and friends will accept the award on behalf of those that have passed—Underhill and Unsoeld—and the museum expects Hornbein and Robbins to be in attendance.

The event will be held at the American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th Street in Golden, CO. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $125 for couples and can be purchased through the American Mountaineering Museum website.

The title sponsor of the gala is Eddie Bauer First Ascent, a new line of expedition-quality mountaineering gear and apparel.

For more information, call 303-996-2763 or email [email protected].

About the Museum
The American Mountaineering Museum opened in February 2008 as North America’s first museum devoted to the stories and achievements of American mountaineers. Located at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado, the Museum takes visitors through the historic early days of mountaineering adventure from the use of hemp rope and hobnail boots, to the high tech gear of the present day. Topics include mountaineering heroism, gear, culture, high peaks, safety, climate change, inspiration, and art. The American Mountaineering Museum is a joint venture between the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Club. For more information, call 303-996-2763, email [email protected], or visit

About the Colorado Mountain Club

The Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to adventure, education and preservation in Colorado. Established in 1912 by mountaineering enthusiasts, CMC now has more than 7,000 members statewide who explore and protect the wild areas of Colorado. CMC offers hundreds of events and classes for all ages and abilities. Throughout its history, the club has been instrumental in landmark achievements such as the designation of Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, and the passage of the Wilderness Act. To become a member, visit

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