Announcing Colin Haley: Expect the Unexpected April 11th

Seattle native and world renowned alpinist Colin Haley will be presenting Fred Beckey with The Mountaineers Lifetime Achievement Award.
Karen Kirsch Karen Kirsch
February 25, 2015

When we told you to Expect the Unexpected on April 11, we weren't joking. Now that you know we're welcoming Alex Honnold as our special guest for the evening, we'd like to announce he'll be joined by a friend of his who also happens to be a Seattle native and world renowned alpinist -  Colin Haley

Fresh off a first ascent of the North Face of Cerro Torre in Patagonia, Colin will be presenting Fred Beckey with The Mountaineers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Colin's earliest climbing experiences were with his father in the Cascade Mountains. He learned to climb the "old-school" way in a swami belt, with hip belays, on 8mm static rope, in boots and with crampons that were much older than himself. Colin became a Mountaineers member in his teenage years, participating on our Teen Youth Committee and successfully graduating from our Glacier Skiing and Crevasse Rescue courses. We're excited to welcome him to the stage.

Do not miss the opportunity to see these legends like Colin, Alex, and Fred up close and personal. Get your tickets today.


To learn more go to: www.mountaineers.org/breakthrough 


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Dennis Miller
Dennis Miller says:
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 4:50 PM

I'm sure I am one of many who would love to honor Fred and be present for this very special award. I'm disappointed that it's piggy-backed on a fundraiser that's only affordable to the more affluent.

Mary Hsue
Mary Hsue says:
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 10:58 AM

Hi Dennis. Thank you for your interest in our Breakthrough event, and for your feedback on the price. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to support Mountaineers programs which impact the community in a meaningful way. It will support our efforts in the next two years to get kids outside who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do so, educate adventurers on low-impact recreation practices, provide stewardship opportunities, and encourage our members and the outdoor community to care and advocate for public lands we all enjoy. Mountaineers members have been extremely generous with their dollars since we became a 501(c)3 and launched youth, conservation and volunteer initiatives. Funds raised at the EVEREST50 event we held in 2013 supported tremendous growth and impact in 2014 and expanded our community of supporters. This is an important event for The Mountaineers and our ability to continue to impact the community in a meaningful way. Thanks again for your comment.

Eric Linxweiler
Eric Linxweiler says:
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 9:48 AM

I'm really looking forward to this! After how amazing the Everest 50 event was, this will certainly not disappoint. Considering that this is a fundraiser for our Mountaineers, I don't think of it as an event like a Seahawks or Sounders game (which usually costs much more). Rather, it's a celebration of our past and an investment in the future.