Trimble to display his feat of conquering 22,000 feet
A slide show by photographer and climber Chris Trimble tonight will kick off a series of presentations sponsored by the Roaring Fork Conservancy.
The show will be on Trimble’s climb of Huascaran Sur, which is Peru’s highest mountain at 22,210 feet. Trimble’s climb was the first ascent of a route called the “Shield Route.” The ascent was topped off with a descent by ski and snowboard.
Rick Lofaro of the Roaring Fork Conservancy said the slide show will also touch on aspects of Peruvian culture, preparations for the climb and the level of difficulty and commitment added by the ski and snowboard descent.
Trimble has assembled a climbing resume that includes ascents of difficult mountain routes in the Canadian Rockies, Tetons and Cascade Range. More recently, he has made first ascents of difficult new routes in the remote ranges of Alaska, as well as highly technical new routes at altitude in the Peruvian Andes.
Before his achievements in Peru, Trimble advanced the frontiers of modern snowboard mountaineering with first descents in Montana and Alaska. He’s also pursuing a career in adventure videography and expects to release a digital video of the ski and snowboard descent of Huascaran.
The conservancy is calling its presentation series the “Discover Series.” Some presentations will explore different media, but the events will be primarily adventure travel slide shows, Lofaro said.
Trimble’s presentation tonight will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Basalt Middle School. The slide show is free and open to the public, but a $2 donation is suggested.
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