Monthly Social - AFM + Andrew Brash - Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
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Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Center, the Hearth room (1320 5th Ave NW Calgary)
We'll have a presentation of the 2018 budget,
followed by awards presented for the 2017 top
leaders. Then the highlight of the evening!
Andrew Brash is a Calgary climber and teacher
who has been following his passion for climbing
and adventure for over twenty years. He’s
travelled and climbed in some of the most
impressive mountain environments the world has
to offer, including mountains in Tibet, China,
Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Alaska, Chile and Nepal.
In May of 2006, Andrew took the final step
towards his life-long goal of climbing Mount
Everest. Just two hundred meters from the
Everest summit, Andrew’s dream was cut short
for a noble cause. Andrew and his team called
off their final ascent to assist an Australian
climber, Lincoln Hall. After reaching the
summit of Everest, Lincoln began to suffer from
altitude sickness, and began a desperate
struggle down the mountain. He was eventually
declared dead, and his teammates were forced to
leave his body to the mountain. Lincoln spent
the night alone above 8,600m, 600m into the
Death Zone, and only 200m below the summit. His
wife and teenage sons were informed of his
death by satellite phone that same evening.
However, Lincoln was still clinging to life
when Andrew and his team discovered him some
twelve hours later. They spent many hours
helping Lincoln to recover and organizing his
rescue. With a dwindling oxygen supply and due
to the late hour, Andrew and his team were
forced to end their expedition. The story made
headlines around the world and was contrasted
with the well-publicized death of another
Everest climber that same season, David Sharp
of England. It was reported that more than
forty fellow mountaineers opted to not assist
him despite his situation of extreme
exhaustion. As a result of these two very
different stories, Everest 2006 became one of
the most controversial and highly discussed
seasons in the mountain’s history.
Several climbers have commented that Andrew has
one of the most interesting climbing resumes in
Canada, which includes new routes and unclimbed
peaks in Nepal, China, Norway and Tibet. He’s
been featured in magazines and journals such as
The Canadian Alpine Journal, The American
Alpine Journal, Climbing Magazine, On the Edge
Magazine, High Mountain Sports, National
Geographic Adventure Magazine, Explore Magazine
and was profiled in Gripped Magazine.
Come along, it will be a fun filled night!
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Registration for this event closed on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 06:00 PM.