Bruce Normand: Mountaineering in the Middle Kingdom (Thursday 12/5 6pm)
Most of the world's biggest mountain ranges, and the vast majority of its unclimbed peaks over 6000m, fall within the political borders of China. Bruce Normand has spent several expeditions exploring the further reaches of the Middle Kingdom, and begins this presentation with an overview of its mountain regions. He will then focus on some climbs in central and eastern Tibet, in the different subranges of Sichuan (including the infamous Mt. Edgar), and in the Tien Shan range in Xinjiang, where his team won the Piolet d'Or in 2010 for the first ascent of Xuelian West.
Bruce Normand is a professor of physics at Renmin University in Beijing, specializing in condensed matter theory. In the alpine world, he can normally be found putting technical new routes on the world's least-known high mountains, his tally now extending to over 30 first ascents and new routes on 6000m peaks in Nepal, Pakistan, and China. In 2007 he also climbed K2, making him the first Scotsman to do so.
Thursday 12/5, 6pm
Location: The Outdoors Center, Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center
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