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Climber’s slide show Friday

Aspen Times Staff Report

Friday evening, Jan.7, at 7:30, the Wheeler Opera House will be presenting “Stretching the Limits,” a slide show and lecture by Carlos Buhler, one of the top American climbers of all time.

A world-class mountaineer with numerous first ascents to his credit, Buhler typically hosts leadership and motivational talks, using climbing as the basis of his lectures. For “Stretching the Limits,” however, Buhler will be straying from his normal course to present a show that focuses exclusively on 6000- and 7000-meter peaks. Among those mountains to be covered in the show are Aconcagua and Huascaran in the Andes and a host of Himalayan peaks.

“This is simply an overview of what there is out there, a presentation on this particular facet of climbing,” said Buhler. “There’ll be some high-altitude stuff and some low-altitude, technical stuff.”

Buhler got his start in climbing as a teenager when he enrolled in a couple of National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) courses. Shortly after graduating high school in 1972, he participated in a climbing camp in northern Italy, and soon he was taking part in an expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, a region of 5,000-meter peaks on the Uganda-Zaire border.

He made his first trip to the Andes as part of a 1977 climbing expedition in Peru and from there graduated to 8,000-meter peaks in the Himalayas. Among Buhler’s six ascents of 8,000-meter peaks are a new route on the east face of Mount Everest and one of the first ascents of K2’s north ridge. In addition, Buhler was the first American to summit Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, via the north ridge.

Buhler excels at mountaineering, rock climbing and ice climbing, but said his favorite thing is “putting it all together. I enjoy the engaging nature of climbs that are complex tapestries.”

At the same time, he pointed out, “You can certainly have fun around Aspen just going out and climbing a waterfall.”

“Stretching the Limits,” which is expected to run roughly one hour and 15 minutes, will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Reserved seating tickets cost $15 and can be purchased by calling 920-5770.

A portion of the proceeds will go to help a handful of climbers from Kazakhstan take part in a proposed spring 2000 expedition to Shishapangma, an 8,000-meter peak in Tibet.


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