Climber Emily Harrington to discuss tackling Myanmar’s highest peak
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What: Rock climber Emily Harrington
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12
Where: Olympic Village Lodge, Olympic Valley
Rock climber Emily Harrington will talk about climbing adventures in Myanmar at the fourth installment of Alpenglow Sports’ 2014/2015 Winter Film Series next week.
Her show,“The Long Way,” documents a National Geographic expedition to the remote jungles and high-altitude peaks of Myanmar, according to a press release for the event, which takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge. “In the fall of 2014 Harrington was one of five members of The North Face/National Geographic team that traveled to Myanmar (formerly Burma),” according to the release. “A country just recently open to foreigners after a brutal history of ethnic strife, political upheavals, and human rights violations, Myanmar’s struggle is well known as one of the longest running civil wars which the modern world has ever seen.”
Harrington travelled 700 miles overland from the southern city of Yangon north via various modes of transportation during the journey. From there her team embarked on a 250-mile trek on foot through the dense jungle to reach the Tibetan border and the base of 19,000-foot Hkakabo Razi, the presumed tallest peak in Myanmar. The team’s goal was to successfully reach the summit via a new route on the west ridge and accurately measure the peaks height using GPS equipment.
“We’ve had a glimpse into Emily’s show and her tale is absolutely amazing,” said Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports, in the release. “She’s continually pushing the ceiling of possibility not only in women’s climbing, but in the sport as a whole. I don’t know of another athlete who excels at all disciplines and has the ability to weave their adventures into such a compelling tale. Her story is not to be missed.”
Harrington is a professional rock climber and adventurer who has been a leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager. She is perhaps best known for her five national championships, two North American championships and numerous podiums on the World Cup circuit. She’s also free-climbed 2,500-foot big walls, won ice climbing competitions and reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Raffle prizes from La Sportiva, The North Face, Petzl, Smith Optics and Goal Zero will be on hand and proceeds will benefit the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.
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