Mt. Everest Climber Speaks at Mason Today

Posted: November 13, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Bonnie Teske

Perhaps the most successful Mt. Everest climber ever, Pete Athans speaks at George Mason today. His slide show presentation, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and Hudson Trail Outfitters, begins at 7 p.m. in Harris Theater.

Pete Athans is known in some circles simply as “Mr. Everest.” Since 1985, he has led 13 expeditions, attempted five different routes from both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides of the mountain, and on six occasions–more than any other Western climber–he has stood on the summit. In December 1997, Athans was granted the David Sowles Award for his rescue efforts on Everest in 1996. This is the highest award conferred by the American Alpine Club and is only awarded to climbers who have distinguished themselves, through personal risk or sacrifice of a major objective, by assisting fellow climbers in need.

Over a 20-year period, Athans has been active on every continent. He has led expeditions to Makalu, Manaslu, and K2, and climbed a new route, alpine-style, on Annapurna South. His accomplishments also include swift, successful climbs of Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and Pumori.

Tickets are $5 and are available at all Hudson Trail Outfitters stores and from Geo Club members. All proceeds will be donated to the Geo Club and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

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