Triumph of the Human Spirit: David Breashears, Legendary Mountaineer and Himalayan Environmentalist

Saturday, 09/14/2019 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.

An accomplished leader in both filmmaking and high-altitude adventures, David Breashears combines his skills in climbing and filmmaking to tell stories bringing audiences to Earth’s most extraordinary and awe-inspiring places. With more than forty years of leading over fifty expeditions to the Greater Himalayan Region, David has reached the summit of Mount Everest five times. He has established himself as a leader in extreme and unpredictable environments. David is a senior lecturer in leadership at the M.I.T Sloan School, the Naval Post-Graduate School and INSEAD.

David and his team transmitted the first live images from the summit of Mount Everest in 1983. During another expedition reaching the summit in 1996, David was the team leader and film director for the Everest IMAX film, the most widely seen IMAX film ever produced. This was the year documented in John Krakauer’s famed book Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.

Since 2007, David has devoted his life to documenting the effects of climate change in the greater Himalayan region through photo documentation and research. He is the founder and Executive Director of GlacierWorks, a non-profit organization with the mission to educate vulnerable individuals living in the mountains through education and exhibits providing adaptation skills to cope with global heating.

Join us for an inspiring evening. Book signing to follow the talk. $30 ($20 for Marsh members)

Register online or call 952-935-2202.

Come early for a pasta and salad bar served in the Restaurant. $18/person

Book Sales and Signing after the Event
High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places by David Breashears

For generations of resolute adventurers, from George Mallory to Sir Edmund Hillary to Jon Krakauer, Mount Everest and the world’s other greatest peaks have provided the ultimate testing ground. But the question remains: Why climb? In High Exposure, elite mountaineer and acclaimed Everest filmmaker David Breashears answers with an intimate and captivating look at his life.

For Breashears, climbing has never been a question of risk taking: Rather, it is the pursuit of excellence and a quest for self-knowledge. Danger comes, he argues, when ambition blinds reason. The stories this world-class climber and great adventurer tells will surprise you — from discussions of competitiveness on the heights to a frank description of the 1996 Everest tragedy.

Books for sale at The Marsh Shop at the event.