World-renowned climber to speak in Gunnison

It may seem like a cliché, but Gunnison’s Western State Colorado University — home of the Mountaineers — will be playing host to one of the world’s greatest mountaineers next week. However, this mountaineer, Chhiring Dorje Sherpa, is not a student or a graduate. He is one of the world’s top mountain climbers, having been on more than 40 major expeditions and on top of the world’s tallest peak 11 times. Dorje and some of his American climbing partners will present a story and slide show at 7 p.m. Monday in the Western State Colorado University Center Ballroom. The material they plan to cover is from the ill-fated 2008 climb of K2 on the Pakistan/China border, the world’s second-highest peak at 28,251 feet. The excursion later was chronicled in the famous mountaineering nonfiction book “Buried in the Sky” by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan.

via World-renowned climber to speak in Gunnison – Montrose Daily Press: Outdoors.


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