Lifelong Learning: Chasing Denali
May 30, 2019 –
Chasing Denali: The Sourdoughs, Cheechakos and Frauds Behind the Most Unbelievable Feat in Mountaineering,
Thursday, May 30 at 5 pm.
Join author and adventurer Jon Waterman as he shares his observations from 40 years of mountaineering on Denali, North America’s highest mountain. He will share the story of how mountaineering began on Denali in 1910, when four miners carried a 25-pound, 14-foot flagpole up the roof of the continent while wearing sheet metal crampons and swinging coal shovels, hatchets, and pike poles to balance their way up the mountain.
Was the expedition a success or a hoax? Long inspired by these so-called “Sourdoughs,” his lecture (and his book) is about scholarly solving a colorful mountaineering mystery.