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

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 female mountain guide, the creative mastermind and author behind, and the first Indian-American to complete the Seven Summits. 

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 2020 LINEUP 

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

February 13, 2020

Charlotte Austin | Travels in Mongolia

Charlotte Austin is an award-winning travel writer and international mountain guide. She summited Everest in 2019, and in both 2017 and 2018 she led successful mountaineering expeditions to climb Mount Khuiten (14,350'), the highest peak in Mongolia. Straddling the borders of Russia, Mongolia, and China, Khuiten is a remote, rarely climbed peak in the far western provinces of one of the world's least populated countries. 

During her BeWild, Charlotte will share stories of driving across the Gobi desert and seeing photos of expedition supplies being packed onto load-bearing Bactraian camels. She'll also tell us about the time she tried to learn the local language, but the only phrase that stuck was "May I please attach my GoPro to your camel's hump?

See Charlotte 

March 12, 2020

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

May 14, 2020

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!