Phil Powers, Executive Director of The American Alpine Club and accomplished climber, on Danger in Climbing Community, Sherpas & Respect for the Mountain.
Walk the Talk Show: here’s Waylon’s chat with Phil Powers about climbing mountains with respect for people and the planet.
On the Glorification of Danger in the Climbing Community, the Sherpa Tragedy & what do to about it, the American Alpine Club & a resting meditation-in-action technique for Adventurers.
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Phil Powers’ Bio:
Phil Powers has led dozens of expeditions to South America, Alaska and Pakistan’s Karakoram Range. He made the first ascent of Lukpilla Brakk’s vertical, West face in Pakistan, the first winter traverse of the Tetons’ Cathedral Peaks and the massive Washburn Face on the North side of Mount McKinley, America’s highest peak. He made ascents of K2 and Gasherbrum II, two of the world’s fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without supplemental oxygen and he continues to be an active climber and skier.
Powers is author of two books: Wilderness Mountaineering and Climbing: Expedition Planning. He currently serves on the board of the University of Colorado’s Altitude Research Center Foundation. He is the Executive Director of the American Alpine Club, America’s national organization for climbers and an owner and guide at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. He lives with his wife and kids in Denver, Colorado.
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