Anker is a world-famous climber whose new book is described as the definitive work on Mt. Everest: The Call of Everest: The History, Science and Future of the World’s Tallest Peak. In it, Anker explores the issues he has taken on in the last decade: climate change, mountaineering ethics, and working conditions for Sherpas who are hired as guides. Known for his challenging ascents in Antarctica and the Himalayas, Anker was part of the 1999 expedition that found the body of pioneering climber George Mallory on Everest.
While his resumé is packed with superlatives, Anker himself is soft-spoken and thoughtful. He’s the climbing team leader at The North Face: “Conrad Anker’s specialty, simply put, is climbing the most technically challenging terrain in the world. This quest has taken him from the mountains of Alaska and Antarctica to the big walls of Patagonia and Baffin Island and the massive peaks of the Himalaya.”
Anker serves on the boards of the Conservation Alliance, the Rowell Fund for Tibet and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. “My involvement with these organizations is intrinsically rewarding,” he says “and it’s among the most important work I do. It feels good to be able to give back to our community of humans and to the natural world.”
Joining Anker at his September talk will be Livingston mountaineer Kris Erickson, who was part of last year’s Everest expedition.
Anker and Erickson’s presentation is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and signing. The event takes place the Blue Slipper Theatre, 113 E. Callender St. in Livingston.