Graham Zimmerman | Global Adventures of an Imperfect Advocate

Graham Zimmerman | Global Adventures of an Imperfect Advocate

Join Graham Zimmerman for an event on the intersection between climbing big mountains and climate change advocacy.
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Join The Mountaineers on Thursday, May 13 for a virtual presentation from outdoor athlete, creative, and climate activist Graham Zimmerman.

Graham will share stories from expeditions to remote corners of Alaska and Pakistan and the path that took him to some of the world's most remote places. He'll show us how these journeys led him climate advocacy including being the captain of the POW Climb program and making a congressional testimony on the importance of taking action on climate change policy.

In the end, Graham will provide suggestions for how outdoor-minded individuals and organizations can help protect the places we love for generations to come.

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About Graham Zimmerman
Born in New Zealand and raised in the Northwest. After being exposed to alpine terrain in the Cascades he moved back to NZ where he cut his teeth in the Southern Alps and became a strong part of the Kiwi climbing community. Then, after graduating from university in 2007 he moved back to the states and has been focused on climbing as it applies to alpinism ever since. This has taken him on expeditions from Alaska to Patagonia to Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and all over the lower 48 and Canada where he has established dozens of significant new routes on rock, ice and snow.

He specializes in complex logistics having run over 30 expeditions and assignments to many parts of the world including Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Alaska, Argentina, Eritrea and Kenya. For his climbing exploits Graham won the 2010 New Zealand Alpinist of the Year, was a finalist for the 2014 Piolet d’Or (alpine climbing’s equivalent to an Olympic gold medal), won the 2017 Cutting Edge Award from the American Alpine Club and was awarded the 2020 Piolet d’Or.

About the BeWild Speaker Series
The Mountaineers are proud to present the BeWild Speaker Series we're putting passion and adventure on the stage. Come to any one of these talks - or all four - and we guarantee you'll leave inspired to seek adventure, connect with nature and work to protect wild places.