With Reinhold Messner who is considered “the greatest climber in history” at the American Alpine Club – Annual Benefit Dinner Weekend.

Messner was the keynote speaker entitled ‘Moving Mountains’. He is a mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, and he is renowned for making the first solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen “eight-thousanders” (peaks over 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) above sea level). He is the author of at least 63 books.

Fred Beckey is honoured with the clubs 4th AAC Gold Medal award. He is an icon in the alpine world.  (American rock climber, mountaineer and author, who has made hundreds of first ascents, more than any other North American climber)

Reinhold Messner Chris Bonington Ueli Steck Fred Beckey

Reinhold Messner
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Panel discussion with Sir Chris Bonington (British mountaineer, his career has included nineteen expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mount Everest and the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna), Ueli Steck (Swiss rock climber and mountaineer. He is famous for his speed records on the North Face trilogy in the Alps): moderated by Jim Clash.

Everest Panel Discussion with: Greg Vernovage, Melissa Arnot, Garrett Madison, Dave Hahn, Phunuru Sherpa, Ngima Sherpa: moderated by Alan Arnette.