2018 ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER WEEKEND
40th Anniversary of Americans on K2
**Seats are nearly sold out! Once they are gone we will create a Wait List.**
PLEASE JOIN THE AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB FOR THE 40th ANNIVERSARYAND CELEBRATION OF THE 1978 AMERICAN K2 EXPEDITION—the first Americans to summit the Mountain of Mountains.
At 8,611 meters, K2 is the second highest peak in the world. Remote and steep, it does not see many ascents. Mountaineer George Bell said it is was “savage mountain that tries to kill you.” Later, Messner called it the “Mountain of Mountains." Regardless of your perspective on its difficulty, it is one of the most striking peaks on earth.
Jim Whittaker led the 1978 expedition that put the first Americans—Jim Wickwire, Louis Reichardt, Rick Ridgeway, and John Roskelley—on the summit. Join us in celebrating the astounding accomplishments of these climbers and the alpinists who have followed in their footsteps.
The 2018 Annual Benefit Dinner features a keynote from Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the first woman to climb all 14 8,000-meter peaks—including K2—without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters.
Each year the AAC recognizes outstanding achievements in conservation, climbing, and service to the climbing community. This year is no exception!
Look Who's Coming to Boston:
Click HERE to see which stars of climbing, industry leaders, and friends of yours are coming to the Dinner!
2018 Host Committee:
Mark and Theresa Richey - Committee Chairs
Bruce Franks, John Kascenska, Garry Menzel, Rick Merritt, Vanessa O'Brien, Louis Reichardt, Dianne Roberts, Nancy Savickas, Steve Swenson, Graham Vickowski, Pete Ward, Jim Whittaker, Jim Wickwire, Freddie Wilkinson, Jed and Perry Williamson
February 23, 2018
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Location: Central Rock Gym - Watertown, 74 Acton St, Watertown, MA 02472
- Included with all Annual Dinner tickets.
- FREE for AAC and Central Rock Gym Members.
Shuttle Service to Climbers' Gathering
Departs Fairmont at 6pm
Departs Climbers' Gathering at 9pm (early shuttle) or 10pm (late shuttle)
Round trip is $15 per person (compare to $50 one way for Uber!)
**Seats are limited. Reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/2Ezolpw
All Saturday events hosted at the Fairmont Copley Plaza at 138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Annual AAC's Member Meeting
Time: 9:30am - 10am
Location: Oval Room, Fairmont Copley Plaza at 138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Time: 10am - 2pm in the Oval Room
* FREE to the public.
10am - 11am
Her North Face athlete profile begins, "Margo is not to be underestimated." Since she began climbing in 2008, Margo has repeatedly demonstrated her skill and courage on rock. With her ascent of La Rambla in Spain, she is the first woman to climb a confirmed 9a+/5.15a. Hear more from this teenage dynamo!
The Sharp End Live with Quinn Brett
11:15am - 12:15pm
Each month, the Sharp End brings to life stories from the pages of the AAC's Accidents in North American Climbing. Host Ashley Saupe interviews the climbers and rescuers involved in life-threatening incidents and shares their lessons, helping all of us become safer climbers. For the first time, the Sharp End will record LIVE with Quinn Brett's story of survival and perseverance. In October of 2017, Quinn, an accomplished big-wall climber and Climbing Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, fell 100-feet on Yosemite's El Cap and sustained life-changing injuries.
12:15pm - 12:45pm
Lunches will be available for purchase for $20 per person.
40th Anniversary of Americans on K2
12:45pm - 2pm
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the first American ascent of K2, the world's second-highest mountain. Remote and steep, it does not see many ascents. Mountaineer George Bell said it was a "savage mountain that tries to kill you". Jim Whittaker led the 1978 expedition that put the first Americans— Jim Wickwire, Louis Reichardt, Rick Ridgeway, and John Roskelley—on the summit. Hear more of their incredible story as they defied the odds to stand atop the "Mountain of Mountains".
Time: 5pm - 6pm in the Venetian + Oval Rooms
Remarks from AAC CEO, Phil Powers at 5:30pm
* By invite only
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
Time: 6pm - 7pm in the Venetian + Oval Rooms
Dinner, Awards and Keynote by Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Time: 7pm - 10pm in the Grand Ballroom
February 25, 2018
VIP Brunch with 1978 K2 Team, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, and Award Winners*
Time: 10am -11:30am
Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza at 138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
*Included with VIP Tables and Patron Tickets only
Start Planning Your Trip:
Room Block: The deadline to reserve a room in the AAC's discounted room block at the Fairmont Copley Plaza has passed. If you have a room at the Fairmont, check in is 3pm and check out is 12pm.
Interested in saving money and sharing a room in Boston? Try Pineapple Pair and enter "AAC Annual Dinner" under "Name of Conference/Event" to be matched up with a fellow AAC member looking for a room.
Flights: The closest airport is the Boston Logan International. To get to the Fairmont Copley Plaza from the airport, you can take public transportation via the Back Bay Logan Express for just $7 (credit or debit card only). More info HERE.
Attire: Suit and Tie
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The record setting 2017 Annual Benefit Dinner was truly a night to remember. The climbing community gathered and great things happened: inspiring panels discussed problems facing the growing sport of climbing, old friends reunited, a record amount of money was raised for our conservation and advocacy program, Washington's Senator told us to "go get a dog", and we honored 5 very deserving climbers. All in one day!
Get the full 2017 Annual Benefit Dinner Weekend Recap here!
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"I participate, I talk to people — I’m not going to run for office. I’m an atheist and I think football is dumb."
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