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Inaugural MSU International Mountain Day on Dec. 11 features Conrad Anker, David Lageson

November 20, 2012 -- MSU News Service

The public is invited to MSU's inaugural celebration of International Mountain Day on Dec. 11, featuring mountain-related research, education and outreach, including highlights from a research expedition to Mount Everest. Photo of Mount Everest by David Lageson.   High-Res Available

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Montana State University will partner with community organizations to host the inaugural celebration of International Mountain Day, which begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman. The event is free and open to the public.

The event features talks by Bozeman mountaineer and author Conrad Anker and MSU geology professor David Lageson, as well as Mount Everest video footage shot by MSU geology graduate student Travis Corthouts and exhibits by MSU research centers and community organizations.

Anker, Lageson and Corthouts were all members of the 2012 Everest Education Expedition.

Anker is a rock climber, mountaineer and author famous for his challenging ascents in the Himalayas and Antarctica, including his summit of Mount Everest without oxygen in May. He is a member of The North Face climbing team and has established new routes and first ascents in many locations throughout the world, including Zion, Yosemite, the Karakorum and Alaska. In 1999, Anker was a key member of the search team that located the remains of legendary British climber George Mallory on Everest. He will speak on "Mountains in a Dynamic Climate."

Lageson is a long-time professor of structural geology and former head of the MSU Department of Earth Sciences. His primary research interests include mountain building, tectonic processes associated with earthquakes and faulting and the geologic evolution of the Rocky Mountain region. Lageson will speak on the geologic development of Mount Everest "from seafloor to summit." He will trace the evolution of rocks that comprise Everest from their origin as sediments on the continental shelf of Gondwana more than 470 million years ago to the eventual collision of the Indian plate with Eurasia and uplift of those fossil-bearing marine rocks to the roof of the world. He will also compare the geologic history of the Himalaya and the Rocky Mountains of Montana.

The exhibitor fair begins at 6 p.m. and features local non-profit organizations that will share their work related to mountain environments and issues. The fair will also include other MSU departments that will share information on research projects related to climate science, ecology and other topics. The talks begin at 7 p.m.

International Mountain Day is hosted by the Institute on Ecosystems, Montana NSF EPSCoR, and MSU's Office of International Programs and Extended University. It is a United Nations event that is celebrated throughout the world as an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands.

For more information, visit or contact Yvonne Rudman with International Programs at (406) 994-4302. The United Nations website for International Mountain Day is

Yvonne Rudman, Office of International Programs, (406) 994-4302 or