We're excited to announce that award-winning mountaineer and author Ed Webster will be the speaker at this year's Berkshire Bash - our chapter's annual meeting and dinner. The 2016 Berkshire Bash will take place the evening of Saturday, November 5, at the Summit View in Holyoke. Please save the date, and watch out for further details and ticket information in September.
A Massachusetts native, Ed is now an author, lecturer, publisher, and photojournalist. He is an acknowledged expert on the history of Mount Everest, including George Mallory and Tenzing Norgay. He has received multiple awards, including the American Alpine Club's 1994 David H. Soules Award for saving the life of a fellow climber. His 1988 Everest Kangshung Face new route, climbed with Robert Anderson (USA), Paul Teare (Canada), and Stephen Venables (UK), has been hailed as the last of the great Everest expeditions, and one of the most audacious mountaineering feats of all time. The group wanted to summit the world's tallest mountain in the absolute purest and best style they could - up a never-before-attempted route, with no bottled supplementary oxygen, without using radios, and with no Sherpa assistance.