Ed Viesturs, widely regarded as the country's foremost high-altitude mountaineer, is this year's Principia College George A. Andrews Distinguished Speaker. Viesturs will present "No Shortcuts to the Top," on Thursday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Cox Auditorium. Familiar to many from the IMAX documentary film Everest, Viesturs is one of very few climbers—and the only American—to successfully summit the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. He completed this 18-year project, which he called "Endeavor 8000," in May 2005, when he ascended Annapurna, an especially treacherous peak.
Viesturs is the recipient of numerous awards, including National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year in 2005, the historic Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorer's Club, and the American Alpine Club's David A. Sowles Memorial Award for his participation in rescues on K2, the world's second-highest mountain. Viesturs has written several books, including No Shortcuts to The Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks; K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain; and The Mountain, My Time on Everest.
Students from any St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member school will admitted for free with a school ID. General public admission to the talk is $20; $15 for Gold & Blue Club members. Purchase tickets. The talk will also be broadcast live on Principia Internet Radio.
About Principia College:
The faculty at Principia College includes world-class scientists, published authors, noted historians, and celebrated artists and musicians. Active, experiential learning opportunities abound across the curriculum and in co-curricular activities. The only college in the world where faculty and students are Christian Scientists, Principia provides an outstanding liberal arts academic program in a unique learning environment that supports students' spiritual growth. An NCAA Division III school, Principia College enrolls students from 37 states and 31 nations.
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