Blind Everest climber, Waterman among adventure speakers |

Blind Everest climber, Waterman among adventure speakers

Erik Weihenmayer, the blind climber who recently reached the summit of Mount Everest, will highlight a series of speakers at Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

The Outdoor Adventure Speaker Series is being presented at the CRMS Barn in Carbondale. All programs begin at 7 p.m.

Weihenmayer will speak on Thursday, Feb. 21. This is the only night of the series that there will be an admission fee. Tickets are $10 per person and seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved by calling 963-2562. Donations, to benefit the CRMS outdoor program, will be happily accepted at all presentations.

Local adventurer Jon Waterman will give a presentation on Friday, Feb. 15, and former editor-in-chief of Climbing Magazine Michael Kennedy speaks on Thursday, March 14.

“We’re proud to be able to invite the public to campus to enjoy these great speakers,” said Greg Williams, CRMS director of admission and series organizer. “They’ll be presenting on a range of topics, from Arctic exploration to a potpourri of climbing, to a challenging ascent of Mount Everest.

“We are especially excited about Erik Weihenmayer coming to the Barn on Feb. 21,” said Williams.

Weihenmayer is well-known for his captivating appearances and a large turnout is expected, said Williams. His recent accomplishment of climbing Mount Everest, despite being totally blind, has been well documented in the media.

“Erik is an amazing speaker, with an equally amazing story to tell,” said Williams. “He’s given talks about the Everest climb around the world.”

Stableford will present a multimedia slide show tour of bouldering, big wall, and ice and rock climbing throughout North America. He has traveled the world photographing adventurers, and his work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Outside magazine and Patagonia catalogs. Door prizes will be awarded.

Waterman, known for his stunning slide presentations, will share the incredible story of his solo crossing of the Northwest Passage using a kayak and skis and, with an Inuit, on a dog sled. A novelist and writer of Alaska guidebooks, Waterman has many incredible stories to tell.

“Carbondale is fortunate to see this show, which he has presented on tours across the country,” said Williams. The North Face has donated prizes for a raffle.

Kennedy will share stories and slides from years of adventuring around the world.

For more information, call CRMS at 963-2562 or go to the school’s student-built website at

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