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Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Seattle, WA
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Presented by Women's WorldWide Web in collaboration with The American Alpine Club and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

Join us for an evening of astonishing, true stories with two awe-inspiring adventurers - Shannon Galpin and Wasfia Nazreen - who are taking recreation to the next level: to empower girls and women across Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Fitz Cahall (of The Dirtbag Diaries) will conduct on-stage interviews with each of our guests, asking them about their lives and what inspired them to undertake such enormous challenges. We'll discover how Shannon and Wasfia have overcome obstacles and broken barriers to raise awareness about the perils and successes of marginalized women. The audience will also have an opportunity to pose questions.

*Shannon Galpin is a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year as well as the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, a country where women are prohibited from doing such activities. The Founder of Mountain2Mountain, Shannon is now also the producer of Afghan Cycles, a feature-length documentary that features the newly established Afghanistan's Women's National Cycling Team. Read Shannon's full bio, below.

*Wasfia Nazreen is the youngest Bangladeshi and the first "one-woman team" from Bangladesh to summit Mt. Everest. The Founder of Bangladesh on Seven Summits, Wasfia is quickly becoming a central figure in alpinism as she endeavors to ascend the highest peak on each continent. Since December 2011, Wasfia has summited five of the seven peaks, and will be attempting Denali this summer. Read Wasfia's full bio, below.

Tuesday, May 20th
7:30 - 9:30 PM (doors open at 6:45 PM)
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

$20 / person (advance purchase)
$25 / person (at the door depending on ticket availability)
Limited seating available. Please purchase in advance.
*FREE drink ticket with each purchase.


Founder: Mountain2Mountain, Streets of Afghanistan,
Producer: Afghan Cycles

Humanitarian. Mountain biker. Mother. Survivor of sexual assault. Women's rights advocate. Writer.

"In 2009, Shannon became the first woman to mountain-bike in Afghanistan, a country whose culture forbids women from riding bikes. An avid mountain biker, dedicated to breaking gender barriers, Shannon went on to become (in 2010) the first person to ride across Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, which gave birth to the Panjshir Tour, a series of community bike rides in the US. Shannon is the subject of the award-winning documentary MoveShake, which screened at film festivals throughout 2012 and 2013, and is a producer (working with Let Media) on the upcoming documentary, Afghan Cycles, about the Afghan National Women's Cycling Team." - Combat Apathy

"Afghan Cyclesis a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of the Afghan Women's National Cycling Team. Introducing the first women to ride bikes in Afghanistan, it offers insight into what it means to be a female cyclist in this Middle Eastern country, exposing the gender and social barriers that these women are breaking, one pedal stroke at a time. [The film looks] at life for young Afghan women on and off the bike; from their roles in the home, to their roles in the community, Afghan Cycles shares the intimate stories of these passionate young women." - Afghan Cycles

"In 2006, Shannon Galpin founded Mountain2Mountain, a nonprofit dedicated to creating education and employment possibilities for women in conflict regions. Her idea was to connect U.S. mountain communities with mountain communities abroad. She chose Afghanistan because of its high infant mortality rate, its years of extreme religious rule, and its history of war. The 38-year-old has braved some of the most violent periods in Afghanistan, a country considered by many humanitarian agencies to be the worst place in the world to be a woman, to work on women's education and health. She fostered midwife training to combat infant and maternal mortality in the Panjshir Province. In Kabul and Kandahar, she helped develop reading programs for the daughters of women in prisons, some of whom had been jailed for adultery after they were raped, or for escaping arranged marriages." - by Fitz Cahall for National Geographic

Founder, Bangladesh on Seven Summits

Social worker. Alpinist. Women's rights activist. Writer.

"When the average person out in the world talks about "Bangladesh", they seldom remember the genocide our people experienced. Despite all that was destroyed, the astounding leap of progress that happened to that paralyzed nation, especially the contribution that was and is continuously brought forth by women, is mostly ignored. Bangladesh on Seven Summits is a tribute to those women and men who, through sheer resolve, overcame so many struggles for the birth of our nation." - Wasfia Nazreen

"In 2011, Wasfia Nazreen founded the Bangladesh on Seven Summits Foundation and undertook a magnificent challenge to climb the highest mountains of every continent, as part of a pioneering campaign to highlight women's progress in Bangladesh. Breaking barriers and overcoming all kinds of obstacles - cultural, social economic, physical, emotional, and mental - these are the underlying currents of Wasfia Nazreen's brave journey. In order to plant the Bangladeshi flag on the highest peak of each continent in the world, Wasfia gave up her day job, sold all her worldly valuables (including her mother's wedding jewelry), and took out several loans. Submitting only to nature, Nazreen set out to highlight the monumental progress of women in Bangladesh during its forty years of independence, illuminating and exemplifying the great courage, resilience, and potential of women."  - Women's WorldWide Web (

"Mentored by the legendary Patrick Morrow, the first alpinist to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents, Wasfia became the youngest Bangladeshi and the first "one-woman team" from Bangladesh to make it to the top of Everest. Wasfia is also the first and only Bangladeshi to have conquered Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayan range, on 16 December 2011, marking Bangladesh's 40th Victory day. She is the first Bangladeshi to stand atop Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest mountain. Wasfia is also the first Bangladeshi woman to stand atop Mount Vinson, the highest mountain of Antarctica, on January 4, 2013." - Komola Collective

Wasfia Nazreen is currently training and raising funds to summit Denali in summer 2014.


Women's WorldWide Web
The American Alpine Club
The Dirtbag Diaries
Duct Tape Then Beer
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
The Mountaineers


Fremont Abbey Arts Center (View)
4272 Fremont Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

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