RIDGWAY – Local climber and author Steve House will discuss his remarkable climbing career at an upcoming lecture at the Sherbino Theater on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The lecture, titled “Nanga Parbat and Beyond”, is a joint fundraiser for the Sherbino Theater and the Ouray Nordic Council, and is part of the Sherbino Theater’s new lecture series, Conversations with Extraordinary People.
House begins by taking his audience up the tallest mountain wall in the world: Nanga Parbat’s Rupal Face. In 2005 House and climbing partner Vince Anderson spent six days ascending this difficult 4,000-meter wall, arriving at the summit an hour before sunset on their sixth continuous day of climbing. Six months later the two climbers were awarded the coveted Piolet d’Or award for the best climb of the year.
Through his lecture, House will reveal the doubts that dogged him for the next decade: Is one the sum of his accomplishments? What is the value of success? Why risk everything to climb a mountain? And, how can a big success cause a climber to dread his next performance.
During House’s career as a professional alpinist and mountain guide, he has climbed some of the most difficult routes on the most dangerous mountains. He has experienced both great successes and the lowest lows; and walked away wiser. These adventures have become the foundation for engaging, thoughtful and inspiring story telling. His drive, enthusiasm and one-pointedness to become the best climber he could be led him to experience what success is worth and what it means to lose many climbing partners, friends, and almost his own life when he fell while lead climbing on Mount Temple in 2010.
House is a husband, father, and the author of two books, Beyond the Mountain and the newly launched Training for the New Alpinism.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are first come, first seated and cost $15.