BeWild Speaker Series - Introducing the 2020 Lineup

The Mountaineers are proud to present the BeWild Speaker Series again in 2020! Come to these talks to get inspired for your own adventures and connect with the people and places that make these trips possible.
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December 06, 2019
BeWild Speaker Series - Introducing the 2020 Lineup

For six years, we've hosted the BeWild Speaker Series to bring you stories of passion and adventure. We're excited to announce this year's lineup, which includes the first north american woman to summit Everest, a world-class mountain guide, the creative mastermind and author behind, and the first Indian-American to complete the Seven Summits. 

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 2020 LINEUP 

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January 9, 2020

Sharon Wood | Rising: Becoming the First North American Woman on Everest

Sharon Wood is an internationally certified alpine guide and was recognized with the “Mountaineer of the Year Award” in 1987 by the American Alpine Club. In May 1986, Sharon became the first North American woman to summit Mt. Everest, and she's one of the few climbers who reached the summit via the difficult West Ridge. She documented this journey in Rising: Becoming The First North American Woman On Everest, recently published by Mountaineers Books.  

During her BeWild, Sharon will reflect on the seventy days she spent on the mountain and talk about the pivotal experiences and influences that brought her to that staggeringly beautiful and austere corner of the world. A Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation. 

See sharon

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February 13, 2020

UPDATEd:  Garrett Madison | Mount Vinson, Mount Tyree and the Wilds of Antartica

We were so thrilled to welcome Charlotte Austin to the Seattle Program Center this week, however Charlotte's mother passed away and she will not be available to speak as originally planned.

Fortunately, world renowned mountaineer Garrett Madison has enthusiastically agreed to speak in her place, and we are very excited to welcome him as our BeWild presenter this Thursday. We are sending love to Charlotte and her family, and hope you'll still consider joining us for this incredible event.

During his BeWild, Garrett will share stories of his recent experiences as both a professional mountain guide and team member in expeditions to the wilds of the Ellsworth mountain range on Antarctica's two highest peaks: Mount Vinson and Mount Tyree. He'll tell us about some of the differences between guiding and climbing with pros like Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Hilaree Nelson, and Jim Morrison, and how there's always something to be learned from whoever you are out there with.

See Garrett 


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June 18 (Previously March 12)

Brendan Leonard | Bears Don't Care About Your Problems

Brendan Leonard bought the url for $29 in 2011, intending to write a weekly post about adventure for a year and see what happened. Almost nine years later, his writings on are read by half a million people each year, and even more in his Semi-Rad column for Outside Magazine.

In his BeWild, Brendan will shares the story of how he started a little blog called Semi-Rad in 2011, and how it launched his writing career and eventually became a dream job. His presentation will include a Q&A and book signing of his most recent book, Bears Don't Care About Your Problems, published by Mountaineers Books.

See brendan



September 10 (Previously May 14)

Vik Sahney | Finding A Way To The Top: A Journey To The Seven Summits

Vik Sahney is an outdoor adventurer, business leader, and Mountaineers volunteer. In 2011, he became the first Indian-American to complete the Seven Summits, climbing the tallest peak on each continent, including Mt. Everest in May 2009.

During his BeWild, Vik will share stories of humble beginnings and exceptional challenges, and the journey that took him to the summits of the world's tallest peak. 

See Vik


THank you to our BeWild sponsors who make this lineup possible. 

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