Meet and interact with one of the best in the alpine climbing community, Conrad Anker! As Tahoe Mountain Sports celebrates the opening of its new location in Truckee, CA, Conrad will be present to sign posters, answer questions and lead an informal discussion about his inspirational adventures around the world. TMS will offer gear and clothing specials in the store this night only! Join in several interactive contests with Conrad Anker to win a limited edition signed poster. Additionally, anyone that purchases North Face products (over $100) will receive a free gift with purchase. This event is free and open to the public.
Tahoe Mountain Sports has always been a champion of pioneers in the outdoor sports community. With Conrad Anker in town, The North Face Face and Tahoe Mountain Sports are excited to offer an amazing opportunity to the Truckee-Tahoe community to meet a legendary alpine climber and hero to many while learning more about the world of alpine sports.
Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports (New Location: Safeway Shopping Center 11200 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA | Ph: 530.536.5200)
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 ~ 4:00 – 7:00 pm
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- 4:15 – 7:00pm: Attendees can pack Conrad’s gear bag and try to beat his time to win a HUGE, signed Conrad Anker poster.
- 4:45 – 5:00pm: Conrad Anker leads first of two discussions.
- 5:45 – 6:00pm: Ribbon cutting ceremony.
- 6:15 – 6:30pm: Conrad Anker leads second of two discussions.
- 6:45 – 7:00pm: Last contestant to enter bag packing contest, winner announced
Conrad Anker (Bio): Conrad Anker’s specialty, simply put, is climbing the most technically challenging terrain in the world. This quest has taken him from the mountains of Alaska and Antarctica to the big walls of Patagonia and Baffin Island and the massive peaks of the Himalaya.
Conrad’s Antarctic experience spans a decade, with first ascents in three regions. In 1997, Conrad teamed up with Alex Lowe and Jon Krakauer to climb Rakekniven, a 2,500-foot wall in Queen Maud Land. In the Sentinel Range, Conrad climbed the Vinson Massif via three new routes. His climbs in Pakistan’s Karakoram include the west face of Latok II along the “Tsering Mosong” route (which begins at the same height as the summit of Denali) where he climbed 26 pitches on a vertical cliff and then topped out at 23,342 feet.
In 1998, Conrad and Peter Croft made a first ascent of Spansar Peak via a 7,000-foot ridge in one day. In Patagonia, he climbed the three towers of the Cerro Torre Massif. On Yosemite’s El Capitan he joined Steve Gerberding and Kevin Thaw to establish “Continental Drift,” a steep “nail-up” on the right side. And in Zion National Park, Mugs Stump and Conrad first climbed the intimidating “Streaked Wall”.
In May of 1999, as a member of the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition, Conrad discovered the body of George Mallory, the preeminent Everest explorer of the 1920s. The disappearance of Mallory and Sandy Irvine on their summit bid in June 1924 is one of climbing’s great mysteries, and Conrad’s discovery and analysis of the find has shed new light on the pioneering climbs of the early expeditions.
In October 2011, Conrad, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk summited one of the last great unclimbed features of the Himalayas by topping out on the Shark’s Fin route on the northwest face of 20,700-foot Meru in the Garhwal Himalaya. In the game of high-altitude, big-wall mountaineering, the previously unclimbed route represents one of the world’s ultimate mountaineering tests, with the lower third a classic alpine snow-and-ice route, the middle a mix of ice and rock, and the final section an extremely difficult, overhanging headwall. The Shark’s Fin has drawn many of the world’s top alpinists over the past 30 years, none of them able to finish the route.
Conrad graduated from the University of Utah and lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife and three sons. Anker serves on the board of the Conservation Alliance, the Rowell Fund for Tibet and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. “My involvement with these organizations is intrinsically rewarding,” Conrad says “and it’s among the most important work I do. It feels good to be able to give back to our community of humans and to the natural world.”
Learn more about Conrad via his athlete profile.