Climb the Himalayas with your favorite Half Moon Bay teacher, Friday

By on Wed, February 18, 2009


when: Fri. Feb. 20, 7:30 pm
where: Methodist Sanctuary, 777 Miramontes, Half Moon Bay
(Corner of Johnston & Miramontes)
fee: $6.00 adults, $3.00 children

short: The Spirit of the Himalayas The story of the San Francisco’s American Himalayan Foundation, the work they do, and the people they serve. The scenery is breathtaking, and the story of how a 15th century Tibet emerged from the brink of extinction through the restoration of its most sacred sites is remarkable.

feature: Remembering Gasherbrum I

On July 5, 1958, an American expedition was the first to ever plant a flag on the summit of Gasherbrum I. This “Hidden Peak” on the border of Chinese Pakistani border is the eleventh tallest peak in the world and is the only peak taller that 8000 meters to be conquered first by an American team.

One of the eight members of that American team was a Half Moon Bay High School science teacher named Bob Swift. Fifty years later Swift has assembled a remarkable collection of color slides, black & white photos, & 16 mm film from the original expedition. Using this archival material, plus some beautifully shot modern footage, Bob has crafted a remarkable documentary celebrating the mountain he and his cohorts conquered so long ago. Bob & three other surviving members of the expedition provide narration.

Bob Swift is flying in from his current home in Arizona to attend the screening and take questions from the audience. Several of his former students who also went on to become climbers will help during the Q&A.

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