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American Alpine Club New York Section Annual Dinner
Union Club
New York, NY
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American Alpine Club New York Section Annual Dinner
The American Alpine Club, New York Section, cordially invites you to the Thirty Third Annual Dinner

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Union Club
101 East 69th Street

Special Report
Mark Richey
"Saser Kangri II"

Arlene Blum
"Breaking Trail: Annapurna & Beyond"

Cocktails: 5:30-7:00 P.M.
Dinner: 7:00 P.M. Sharp
New Member Introductions
Black Tie

Proceeds Will Benefit AAC Youth Climbing Grants

"Breaking Trail: Annapurna and Beyond"

It may be hard to believe, in this day and age with women excelling in virtually every branch of sport, that climbing was one of the last outdoor activities to admit women as equals. If women were allowed on expeditions, it was only to base camp and then to help with the cooking. Arlene did perhaps more to change this perception by organizing and leading the first all women's expedition to Denali in 1970. However, perhaps her greatest achievement was the successful American Women's Expedition to Annapurna in 1978. Until then, only 8 climbers had summitted that most dangerous of Himalayan peaks, none American. She showed her resourcefulness' in helping to finance this expedition, in the face of heavy male skepticism, by the sale of T shirts reading "A Woman's Place is on Top" .

Similar to other climbers who have used their drive and organizational skills to better our lives, Arlene, a biophysical chemist by training, in recent years has been an effective activist against the use of toxic flame retardants in children's sleepwear and upholstery. She and her work were recently featured in a NY Times Sunday Magazine Article.

"Saser Kangri II-A First Ascent"

We will also hear a Special Report by former AAC President Mark Richey, a member of the three person team that summited 24, 655 ft. Saser Kangri II in the Indian Karakoram last year. This was a spectacular alpine style ascent of the second highest unclimbed peak in the world followed by a harrowing descent.  (A peak in Bhutan is slightly higher, but climbing is off limits for religious reasons). Mark's team received the prestigious Piolet D'or in Chamonix, awarded for the most year's most significant climbs.

Finally, we especially welcome our new members and first time attendees who will be presented with their classic AAC membership pins. If you are in this category, please check the box on the subscription form and we will contact you.



Union Club (View)
101 East 69th St
New York, NY 10021
United States

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