Tom Hornbein to Speak at Microsoft - June 16

Legendary climber Tom Hornbein reflects on life after Everest at two talks in Redmond this June.
Lace Thornberg Lace Thornberg
May 20, 2015

On June 16, Tom Hornbein – member of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, and a retired University of Washington anesthesiologist/physiologist – will make two special appearances in Redmond.

Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld’s pioneering ascent of Everest via its West Ridge  has been hailed as one of the most committing climbs in Himalayan mountaineering. Tom's his account of that climb is detailed in his book  Everest: The West Ridge and is widely considered to be one of the best books about Everest ever written.

In an afternoon talk, Hornbein will be discussing commitment and risk, and reflecting on how his Everest climb fit into and shaped the rest of his life.
In the evening over dinner, Bill Buxton - Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a mountaineering literature scholar - will lead an unstructured conversation with Tom. You are invited to bring your thoughts and questions, and help support the Mountaineers Books Legend and Lore series on mountaineering history and biography at the same time. 

You can catch Tom at for the afternoon, evening, or both!

Everest: The World's Highest Metaphor

Tuesday, June 16 | 3:30pm
The Commons Mixer, Capitol Hill Room 
Microsoft Campus
15255 NE 40th Street 
Redmond, Washington 98052 

This free talk is open to Microsoft employees and guests.  

Microsoft employees can RSVP hereNon-employees can  RSVP by email to Lace

Dinner with climbing legend Tom Hornbein

Tuesday, June 16 | 6:30pm
Spitfire Grill, across from The Commons
Microsoft Campus
15255 NE 40th Street 
Redmond, Washington 98052 


This ticketed event is open to Microsoft employees and the public. Special pricing is available for members of  Mountaineers Books Legends and Lore Founders Circle and Supporter’s Circle.


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