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Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala Press Release


Shelby Arnold
American Mountaineering Museum

For Immediate Release

3rd Annual Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala Honors Top Mountaineers

GOLDEN, CO (March 19, 2012) -- On Saturday, April 7th, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum will host the third annual Hall of Mountaineering Excellence gala and induction ceremony to celebrate the achievements of four American mountaineers. 

The event will be held at the American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $125 for couples and can be purchased at hallofmountaineeringexcellence.org.

This year’s inductees include Arlene Blum, environmental health scientist and leader of the first American—and all-women’s—ascent of Annapurna I; Henry W. Kendall, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and pioneer rock climber in the Yosemite Valley; Dee Molenaar, prolific author, artist and early Mount Rainier climbing guide; and Louis Reichardt, Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry/Biophysics and the first American to summit both Everest and K2.

The Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala will honor each mountaineer for his/her accomplishments on and off the mountain, recounting stories of first ascents and expeditions and fond memories of inductees no longer with us. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, catered dinner, live entertainment, auction and keynote speech by Bernadette McDonald, author of Freedom Climbers. McDonald was recently awarded the American Alpine Club’s 2012 Literary Award for her contributions to mountain literature.

The museum expects Blum and Molenaar to be in attendance. Reichardt will accept via Skype.

The title sponsor of the gala is Eddie Bauer First Ascent, a new line of expedition quality mountaineering gear and apparel.

For more information, call 303-996-2763 or email info@mountaineeringmuseum.org.

About the Museum
The American Mountaineering Museum opened in February 2008 as North America’s first museum devoted to the stories and achievements of American mountaineers. Located at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado, the Museum takes visitors through the historic early days of mountaineering adventure from the use of hemp rope and hobnail boots, to the high tech gear of the present day. Topics include mountaineering heroism, gear, culture, high peaks, safety, climate change, inspiration and art. The American Mountaineering Museum is a joint venture between the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Club. For more information, call 303-996-2763, email info@mountaineeringmuseum.org, or visit www.mountaineeringmuseum.org.

About the AAC
The American Alpine Club is a community of ardent climbers united by alpine ideals. We celebrate courage and achievement. We watch out for one another. We band together to support the climbing way of life. And we protect the places we climb, along with climbing itself. Learn more at www.AmericanAlpineClub.org .  

About the Colorado Mountain Club
The Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to adventure, education and preservation in Colorado. Established in 1912 by mountaineering enthusiasts, CMC now has more than 7,000 members statewide who explore and protect the wild areas of Colorado. CMC offers hundreds of events and classes for all ages and abilities. Throughout its history, the club has been instrumental in landmark achievements such as the designation of Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, and the passage of the Wilderness Act. To become a member, visit www.cmc.org.