Featuring Guest Speaker, Steve Swenson
Sunday, December 2nd at 5:00pm
Not sure he’ll bring the golden ice axe with him, but Piolet d’Or winner Steve Swenson will present a multimedia show entitled “Climbs in the Karakoram including film presentation of “The Old Breed – The First Ascent of Saser Kangri II” at 7:30 PM on Sunday, December 2 at Spenger’s Fish Grotto in Berkeley (1919 4th Street). The show is part of the American Alpine Club’s Sierra Nevada Section Holiday Dinner. Everyone is welcome to attend, and you can join us for the dinner and show or just the show. Dinner requires an RSVP and prepayment by November 25. For the show only option, you can pay at the door. For those attending the dinner, cocktail hour will start at 5 PM followed by a buffet dinner. Steve’s presentation will begin at 7:30, and for those coming just for the show, doors will open at 7:15. Steve’s talk will be followed by a raffle with some cool prizes.
Steve Swenson is the immediate past president of the AAC and has been climbing for 44 years. Among his long list of hard climbs of big mountains, Steve has made ascents of the North Ridges of both K2 and Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen, the latter solo. His show will focus on his 30 plus years of climbing in the Karakoram, where, in addition to K2, he has also climbed, the Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat, and Latok 2. In 2011, along with Mark Richey and Freddie Wilkinson, Steve made the first ascent of Saser Kangri II in the Eastern Karakoram. At 7518 meters, SK II was the second-highest unclimbed mountain in the world at the time. Their alpine style ascent was awarded a 2012 Piolet D’Or. The film documenting the climb – “The Old Breed,” which Steve will show, is a finalist at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival.
This will be a fun evening for the climbing community. Join us and bring your friends!
$10 at the door
Cash bar available. Raffle tickets may be purchased separately.
Holiday Dinner “Full Package” admission:
$35 for all attendees under 29 years old, whether or not AAC members
$45 for AAC members 29 or older
$50 for non-members 29 or older
Price includes one beer/wine, buffet dinner, and one raffle ticket
RSVP for the dinner by email to firstname.lastname@example.org