Programs & Events

"Both Sides of the Lens" with Cory Richards

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Science Talks
Oct. 10, 2012 | Wednesday, 7:00pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - Main Auditorium

Mountain landscape - Cory RichardsAs the first American to climb an 8,000-meter peak in winter, Cory gained recognition as a top Himalayan climber. In 2012, an attempt on Everest taught him true humility. This award-winning photographer will examine the ups and downs of a life under the spell of the mountains.

Most expeditions tackle Himalayan peaks in summer, when weather is best. Even then, success is a longshot. So when Cory Richards and his team set out in winter 2010 to summit Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II, the world’s thirteenth tallest peak, the odds were against them. Blizzards amplified the mountain’s savagery, yet the team summited, and Cory became the first American to make a Himalayan winter ascent. With a resume including Lhotse, another 8,000-meter giant, and other steep Nepalese peaks, Cory became a rising star of Himalayan alpinism. When he traveled to Everest in 2012, as photographer and climber for a highly publicized, ambitious expedition, the pressure was on. A humbling defeat due to illness forced Cory to examine his motivation in a sport that juggles risk and reward.

Part of the North Face 'Never Stop Exploring' speaker series; presented in collaboration with Great Outdoor Provision Co. - Raleigh.

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$20 - 6pm exclusive VIP reception and 7pm seat reservation
$8 - 7pm seat reservation
Free – General Attendance (based on availability)
Ticket proceeds benefit Mountains to Sea Trail