In Colorado, the quest to climb the highest mountains tops out at 14,440 feet on the summit of Mount Elbert, one of over 50 Colorado peaks that reach above 14,000 feet. Across the globe, some mountaineers set their sights not on 14ers, but on 8,000ers — 14 mountains, all located in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, that reach above 8,000 meters.
Climber and National Geographic photographer Cory Richards is one such mountaineer. As the first American climber to summit a Himalayan peak in winter (Gasherbrum II, 8,035 meters), Richards heads to Breckenridge Saturday, Oct. 13 to present photos and stories of his pursuits on high peaks.
Part of The North Face Never Stop Exploring speaker series, the presentation is free, but tickets must be secured online in advance. A VIP reception before the event provides light snacks and drinks, plus the opportunity to meet and talk with Richards; proceeds support the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Watch the video for a sneak peak, or check out the schedule for times and ticketing information. Get a taste of Richard’s photography online at CoryRichards.com.
The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series: Saturday, Oct. 13
5:30 p.m. – VIP reception at The North Face Breckenridge (322 S. Main St., 970-453-1613) to benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; $20 includes a meet and greet with Cory Richards, beer, wine and light snacks, plus preferred seating at the presentation.
7:00 p.m. – Presentation and slideshow at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center (150 W. Adams Ave.). This is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be reserved online in advance at www.thenorthface.com./speakerseries They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating for the event may be purchased for $8.