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2013 Annual Benefit Dinner Weekend



Americans on Everest: The 50th Anniversary
Presented by:  
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The American Alpine Club is hosting a special (sold out) evening celebrating 50 years of Americans on Everest! Living legends from the 1963 American Everest Expedition—and the generations of climbers who have been inspired since—will join together for this rare reunion. 

David Dingman • Norman Dyhrenfurth   
Tom Hornbein • Jim Whittaker

When: February 22nd and 23rd

Where: Craneway Pavilion, East Bay of San Francisco, CA

What: Presentations by the 1963 Everest expedition team

Waterfront dining, open bar, LIVE and SILENT auctions
 Weekend activities including book signings, film, and slideshows

See who's attending!

On May 1, 1963 Jim Whittaker and Sherpa Nawang Gombu summited Mount Everest. Their ascent stands among the greatest mountaineering feats of all time and secured Whittaker's place as the first American to summit the highest peak on earth. Their ascent has given inspiration and courage to countless climbers pushing through setbacks to achieve an ultimate goal.

Three weeks later, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld, part of the same expedition, made the first ascent of Everest's West Ridge. During their descent via the South Col they survived the world's highest bivy and made the first-ever traverse of an 8,000-meter peak. Their ascent is the definition of adventure—charting new territory, in great style, on the world's highest peak. Fifty years later, their visionary climb has been repeated by only a handful of climbers.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, February 22:

Mountain Hardwear Headquarters
1414 Harbour Way South
Ford Point, Suite 1005
Richmond, CA  94804

6:30pm: Annual Members’ Meeting
7:00pm: Get Inspired Climbers gathering sponsored by Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Nevada, and Clif Bar & Company.
Light refreshments & beer will be served. 
8:00pm: Special presentation by Mike Libeki

Saturday, February 23

Everest Anniversary Festival      logo_hardwear.jpg
11am – 5pm

Mountain Hardwear Headquarters
1414 Harbour Way South
Ford Point, Suite 1005
Richmond, CA  94804

Click here for detailed information on the Festival

  • Food will be available for purchase from the El Tonayense food truck outside of Mountain Hardwear from 12pm – 4pm. 
  • A free shuttle between the Doubletree Hotel and Mountain Hardwear will run from 10am to 11pm.
  • Free parking is available at Mountain Hardwear
  • Mountain Hardwear is pleased to extend event attendees an exclusive offer to shop their employee store during the AAC’s Annual Benefit Dinner weekend. All event attendees are offered wholesale prices on every product in their store. This includes premium goose down and industry-leading, waterproof-breathable jackets to award-winning tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags, Sorel footwear and base layers from Columbia, as well as a full line of Montrail footwear. To have access to the store, you simply need to show the event bracelet you will receive upon entering the Mountain Hardwear headquarters to the cashier once you’re done shopping. During the time period that your group has been invited to shop, you are not limited to the number of visits and you are welcome to bring your family and up to 4 friends as your guests. Store Hours:Monday - Friday  10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Annual Benefit Dinner
Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour way South
Ford Point, Suite 4000
Richmond, CA 94804

4:30pm – 5:30pm: VIP Great Ranges Reception
5:00pm – 6:00pm: General reception featuring wine, beer, hors d'oeuvre & silent auction.
6:00pm – 10:00pm: Dinner, awards, live auction and our keynote presentation:
Fifty Years of Americans on Everest. 

  • The Craneway Pavilion is a short walk from the Mountain Hardwar Headquarters. 
  • Free parking is available at Craneway. 
  • AAC will be providing a free shuttle between the Doubletree Hotel and the Craneway Pavilion pre and post event. Shuttle schedule will be available at the front desk of Doubletree. 

Additional Information:
Attire: Coat & Tie


Doubletree Hotel
200 Marina Blvd
Berkeley, CA 94710

Participants may call the Doubletree Hilton reservations center at (800) 559-4655 to make reservations. Please mention either the group name of “American Alpine Club” or three letter group code of “AAC” at the time of booking to receive a special group rate. Participants may also make hotel reservations online
Transportation will be provided between the Doubletree Hotel and Craneway event center. For those guests not staying at the Doubletree, there is ample parking at onsite at the Craneway.