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American Alpine Club to Host the 50th Anniversary of Americans on Mount Everest

American Alpine Club to Host the 50th Anniversary of Americans on Mount Everest

Annual fundraiser in San Francisco will reunite 1963 Everest legends and publicly honor 50 years of vertical inspiration

Golden, CO (October 15, 2012)The American Alpine Club is thrilled to announce plans for its 2013 Annual Benefit Dinner: The 50th Anniversary of Americans on Mount Everest.

The upcoming Benefit Dinner will serve as the official celebration marking half a century of Americans on Everest. This special evening is open to the public and will be held at the Craneway Pavilion on the waterfront of the East Bay of San Francisco on February 23, 2013.

Every living member of the 1963 expedition team will reunite at the Dinner and present together for the first time in decades. These living legends have inspired generations of climbers and explorers: Tom Hornbein, Jim Whittaker, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Allen Auten, David Dingman, Maynard Miller, and Richard Pownall.

The Annual Benefit Dinner is the AAC’s signature and largest annual event. Coupling fine waterfront dining with a presentation by these Everest pioneers, the Dinner will bring together adventurers of every age for a rare and unforgettable evening. To reserve a spot at this reunion, please visit the AAC website: americanalpineclub.org.

The first American to stand on top of the world was Jim Whittaker, who summited with Sherpa Nawang Gombu via the South Col route on May 1, 1963. Days afterward, on May 22, another team led by Tom Hornbein pioneered Everest’s West Ridge, and then descended to make the first-ever traverse of the mountain. Still today, both climbs are recognized as milestone achievements in human exploration.

Making this anniversary possible is title sponsor Eddie Bauer. Eddie Bauer’s dedication to Americans on Everest also reaches a 50-year milestone in 2013. As one of the original 1963 Everest expedition sponsors, Eddie Bauer is proud to celebrate a half-century of dedication and commitment to American exploration around the globe. “We couldn’t be happier to be sharing this evening with Eddie Bauer,” said Phil Powers, Executive Director of the AAC. “Eddie Bauer’s involvement with the 1963 Expedition and American mountaineering demonstrates the critical—and often overlooked—bond between explorer and supporter.”

“Eddie Bauer has been outfitting exploration firsts since the 1950s, but none more historic than the 1963 Everest Expedition. The accomplishments of these legendary climbers exemplified a true spirit of adventure, and serve as inspiration for each new generation of explorers,” said Michael Egeck, president and CEO at Eddie Bauer. “We honor the significant impact these climbers made for our company and more importantly on American mountaineering, and we are proud to support the American Alpine Club in this celebration of these individuals.”

About the Annual Benefit Dinner
The American Alpine Club Annual Benefit Dinner is an annual fundraising event and community gathering that includes various activities throughout the weekend. Culminating with the benefit dinner on Saturday night, this event brings together generations of climbers, adventurers, and explorers to celebrate the accomplishments of their own, and raise funds to continue the critical programs and services of the AAC. Learn more at americanalpineclub.org.

About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.

About Eddie Bauer
Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 350 stores throughout the United States and Canada, through catalog sales and online at eddiebauer.com. Eddie Bauer is proud to be named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 40 companies so named in the U.S.