Americans on Everest: Then & Now

On Wednesday, December 16, the Bas Bleu Theater will be the venue for an extraordinary gathering of Mount Everest veterans and historians, including a special guest appearance by legendary Dr. Thomas Hornbein, who forged a new route up Everest’s daunting West Ridge 52 years ago. Proceeds from the event will go directly to help those still working to rebuild after two devastating earthquakes that rocked Nepal in late April and early May.

Join us for a special evening of multi-media memories and intimate conversation with three people who know it best:

Dr. Thomas Hornbein is the author of a new edition of the mountaineering classic, Everest: The West Ridge, which captures the “impossible” new route that he pioneered in 1963 with Willi Unsoeld. Dr. Hornbein went on to an illustrious career as an eminent pulmonologist and anaesthesiologist, most recently as Chairman of the University of Washington Medical School’s Department of Anesthesiology.

Jake Norton, a renowned climber, photographer and filmmaker, is co-director of High and Hallowed, the film tribute to the 1963 expedition — made while walking in their footsteps, in 2012. Jake is currently working with the United Nations on climate change issues affecting mountains.

Broughton Coburn is an Everest historian, lecturer and Nepal veteran, and bestselling author of several books set in the Himalaya, including The Vast Unknown: America’s First Ascent of Everest (Crown) and Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (National Geographic Books)

Doors open at 6:00 pm for book sales and author signing. Light snacks and tea will be available for sale. The program begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and available online only at, seating is limited. All proceeds will be dedicated to conservation and earthquake reconstruction efforts in Nepal.

Date: Wednesday, December 16th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Company: Happy Lucky's Teahouse
Location: Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine Street, Fort Collins

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