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Mountaineer legends Anker and Chin speak March 27 at MSU

February 24, 2017 -- MSU News Service

A lecture by mountaineer legends Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin at MSU on March 27 will benefit the Khumbu Climbing Center, a center that trains Sherpas in Nepal. Photos courtesy of Jimmy Chin.

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Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 3, for a March 27 lecture at Montana State University by legendary mountaineers Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin.

The world-famous mountaineering team will speak about their successes, challenges and hardships at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in MSU’s SUB Ballrooms. A Q&A will follow the lecture. All proceeds from tickets sale will benefit the Khumbu Climbing Center, a center that trains Sherpas in Nepal.

“We are ecstatic to have two world-renowned mountaineers, both featured in National Geographic and Outside Magazines, share their stories, including the tough stuff that has made them leaders,” said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute, which is sponsoring the event. “To have both men under one roof is an incredible opportunity for our community and best of all, the Khumbu Climbing Center benefits from every ticket purchased.”

With many first ascents and creation of new routes across the world ranging from Antarctica to Alaska, Anker is a modern climbing legend. His third climb on Everest inspired a documentary on the finding of George Mallory, a British mountaineer who disappeared during an attempted first ascent of Everest in 1924. Anker is currently the captain of The North Face Athlete Team. A resident of Bozeman, Anker serves on many boards in Gallatin County, including the MSU Leadership Institute’s National Advisory board.

Climbing, skiing and surviving with the best in the industry, Chin carries all of his own camera equipment to document his adventures. He has filmed and photographed many breakthrough expeditions around the world. His photography has been featured on the cover of National Geographic Magazine. Chin’s award-winning documentary “Meru,” which featured him, Anker and Renan Ozturk and their attempt at a first ascent of the Shark’s Fin in Meru, India, won the Audience Award at Sundance. Chin is a veteran of The North Face Athlete Team.

All proceeds from the evening benefit the Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortse, Nepal, a center that trains Sherpas in technical climbing founded in 2003 by The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. The KCC’s mission is to increase the safety margin of Nepali climbers and high altitude workers by encouraging responsible climbing practices in a supportive community-based program. Nearly 1,000 Nepali men and women have attended the KCC. The permanent residence provides technical climbing gear, educational materials, indoor and outdoor training walls, year- round access for both Nepali and visiting climbers, and serves as a community center, library and medical clinic for Phortse. The program has been operational for 15 years and a permanent structure designed by students, faculty and alumni from the MSU School of Architecture is nearing completion.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets, which includes reserved seating in the front rows, a post-lecture dessert reception and a photo opportunity with Anker and Chin.

Tickets will be sold at TicketsWest, the Bobcat Ticket Office, Rosauers and the AskUs Desk in the SUB. They can also be purchased by calling 994-CATS (2287) or (800) 325-7328 and online at www.ticketswest.com. There is a handling charge per ticket for those ordered over the phone, online or at Rosauers. Doors will open at 6:45 pm.

Anker and Chin’s appearance is sponsored by the MSU Leadership Institute, ASMSU, Office of the Provost and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, the College of Arts and Architecture, the MSU School of Architecture, the School of Film and Photography, Recreational Sports and Fitness and Outdoor Recreation.

 For more information, call the MSU Leadership Institute at (406) 994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership or facebook.com/MSULeadershipInstitute.

Carmen McSpadden 406-994-7667, cmcspadden@montana.edu