All summer we'll have, "A Few Legends of Altitude" on display. This series of portraits, all by Fred Doar, highlight mountain guides that the artists has either climbed with or met along the trail while adventuring in the alpine world. Portraits include legends like Melissa Arnot Reid, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Ueli Steck, and many more.
The 10th Mountain Division was created during World War II in 1943 as a light infantry unit specially trained for fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions. The troops trained in harsh conditions on Mt. Rainier and set their base camp at Camp Hale, near Leadville in Colorado.
“Summits are magical places. Reaching a peak gives me the exhilarating, humbling, and awe-inspiring experience of being a tiny speck on top of the world. To me, mountaineering is a metaphor for the human condition. It embodies iconcrete form the way we reach for the sky, yet can only climb so high.”
In 1991, near the top of the notorious Swiss peak The Eiger, legendary mountaineer Jeff Lowe was at the end of his rope, with nowhere to anchor, 50 feet from the summit ridge. There was a storm quickly approaching and 5,000 feet of vertical exposure below him. Lowe had been climbing alone for 9 days, and was in the final push to finish the first ascent of his new route, Metanoia...