The Himalayan Hat Trick, Monday December 2nd

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Join us Monday, December 2nd at 7:00PM in Clark Center, room s360 for this awesome presentation by Tahoe-based AMGA/IFMGA guide, Adrian Ballinger:


In the spring of 2011, local mountain guide Adrian Ballinger, along with two Sherpa, became the first people to summit three 8000-meter peaks within a three-week period. Adrian summited Mt. Everest (29,035 ft.) twice in two weeks, first while fixing ropes to the summit with an elite group of the world’s strongest Sherpa, and then again while guiding a group of climbers to the top of the world’s largest peak. With one week left in the season, Adrian, Phurba and Tashi again left basecamp to guide and summit Lhotse (27,940 ft.), Mt. Everest’s neighbor and the fourth highest mountain in the world. From deep within the Himalaya, this story is one for the climbing history books. Please join us for stunning photography, video, and stories from the roof of the world.


Adrian Ballinger is one of the USA's premier high-altitude mountain guides, and the only American guide to have both AMGA/IFMGA guide's certification (one of 75 in the USA) and more than 10 summits of 8,000 meter peaks (including 6 summits of Mt. Everest).  As founder and head guide of Alpenglow Expeditions (, Adrian has been guiding full-time for fifteen years and has led over 100 international climbing expeditions on 5 continents. In 2011 he became the first person to summit three 8,000 meter peaks in only 3 weeks (Everest twice and Lhotse once). He is also the first person to ski Manaslu, the 8th tallest mountain in the world, from its summit. These personal successes are combined with Adrian's passion for guiding and teaching others. Adrian has led expeditions where more than 100 clients have successfully summited Everest, Lhotse (the 4th tallest mountain in world), Cho Oyu and Manaslu. Whether in skis, rock shoes, or mountain boots, Adrian thrives on sharing the big mountains with friends and clients, and helping them to build their skills and experience to be successful on the world's most beautiful mountains. In 2013 Adrian plans on continuing to enjoy big-mountain skiing, climbing, and guiding in the Himalaya, Kashmir, and South America, and of course closer to "home" in Squaw Valley, CA. Adrian is a sponsored athlete for Marmot, La Sportiva, Edelrid, Kaenon, Goal Zero, Nature's Bakery, Hypoxico, Alpenglow Sports and High Altitude Fitness.


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