BeWild: Graham Zimmerman - A Fine Line

BeWild: Graham Zimmerman - A Fine Line

Join us in welcoming Mountaineers Books author Graham Zimmerman as he introduces his debut book "A Fine Line: Searching for Balance Among Mountains." Zimmerman grapples with how to reconcile the love of outdoor adventure with the cost of such endeavors, both human and environmental. Graham will be in conversation with The Dirtbag Diaries founder Fitz Cahall.
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Join The Mountaineers in welcoming one of the most acclaimed alpinists, Graham Zimmerman as he presents his new book,  A Fine Line: Searching for Balance Among Mountains.


How do we reconcile our love of outdoor adventure with the inevitability of loss in high-risk sports? Still in his thirties, Graham Zimmerman has made first ascents from Alaska to Pakistan, and in 2020 he received the Piolet d’Or for his climb on Pakistan’s Link Sar with Steve Swenson. A sponsored athlete who is sought out as a climbing partner, Zimmerman knows that he must find a balance between his ambitions as an alpinist and his social responsibilities--as a husband, climate advocate, and community leader. His generation has faced devastating grief in the mountains, and his cohort has witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change in the form of disappearing glaciers and increasingly erratic weather. Zimmerman writes of the exhilaration he feels while climbing but also the painful realization that summiting at all costs is an outdated model. As A Fine Line traces Graham’s journey, mountain lovers everywhere will see themselves in this coming-of-age story of adventure and personal reckoning.

Graham will be in conversation with The Dirtbag Diaries founder Fitz Cahall. Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing with Jeremy will follow the talk. 


As a professional climber, Graham Zimmerman is one of the most acclaimed alpinists of his generation. After graduating from Otago University in 2007 with a degree in geography, he focused on alpinism, a pursuit that has taken him on expeditions to Alaska, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and all over the lower 48 and Canada. His awards include the 2020 Piolet d’Or, 2016 Cutting Edge Award for Excellence in Alpine Climbing, 2014 Piolet d’Or Top 5 Finalist, and 2010 New Zealand Alpinist of the Year. Dedicated to using his platform for good, he holds leadership roles in a range of nonprofits and outdoor companies, including the American Alpine Club and Protect Our Winters. He lives in Oregon with his wife, Shannon, and their dog, Pebble.

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Through podcast and film, Fitz Cahall has helped tell stories that define the outdoor community  He founded the original outdoor podcast the Dirtbag Diaries and co-hosts Climbing Gold with Alex Honnold. He serves as creative director at the branding and story studio Duct Tape Then Beer.  When he's not working, you can find him climbing at Index or wandering around Tiger Mountain.

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Evening Timeline:
Doors at 6:00 pm
Presentation: 7:00 pm
Q&A at 7:45 pm
Book Signing: 8:00 pm

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