I am very proud to be supporting worldwide alpine pursuits and adventures through the American Alpine Club's Annual Benefit Dinner and silent auction alongside such prominent mountain photographers as Brad Washburn, Bill Thompson and Jimmy Chin! This year's keynote speaker is Reinhold Messner. Up for grabs is one of my framed prints of Baffin Island's Mount Thor - also currently on display at my ongoing exhibition at the Ottawa's Civic Hospital.
Beginning with a prolific climbing career in the Alps, then pioneering the highest peaks in the world “by fair means” (i.e. without oxygen and often solo), Reinhold Messner is the most famous—and regarded as the most accomplished—high-altitude climber ever to live. Messner will be joined by climbing legends Ueli Steck, Ed Viesturs, and Chris Bonington who will be participating in panel discussions throughout the day.
The festivities are open to the public and kick off on Friday, January 30 with the Annual Membership Meeting and Climbers’ Gathering at the flagship Brooklyn Boulders facility. The Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction will be taking place at 583 Park Avenue in New York City on January 31st, 2015. Online bids are accepted.
All proceeds benefit American Alpine Club's programs including youth climbing grants, conservation projects, and the launch of a new national climbing education initiative.
Mount Thor Lot: http://www.aacauction.org/auction/lot.php?ID=62
Other Lots: http://www.aacauction.org/
Graphic courtesy of the American Alpine Club.