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2014 Conference Program

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Don't miss NHDOT Commissioner Chris Clement and NHDES Commissioner Tom Burack speaking at this conference!

The 2014 Alumni Conference Banquet Keynote Presentation



Peter Athans
Mountaineer, Author, Film-Maker

Peter's name has been synonymous with the exploration of Mt. Everest for nearly three decades. He has led numerous expeditions to the mountain and has summited seven times over the course of 15 expeditions. Peter is a strong proponent of Sherpa culture and has documented their talents at high altitude in books and films. He is a board member and Program Director with the Khumbu Climbing Center and works to improve the competence and safety of all Nepalese high altitude climber-professionals. But Everest is only one of Peter’s many varied achievements.

With more than three decades of Himalayan exploration behind him, he has taken a strong interest in the exploration of both the physical and cultural landscapes of Tibet and Western China, their untrammeled peaks and unique cultures. He is a board member of the Himalayan Cataract Project, which brings eye care to cataract patients in Nepal. Concurrently, Peter and his family began the work of encouraging literacy in Nepalese children with the “Magic Yeti Library” initiative. They have bi-lingual libraries operating in six villages in the Everest region and in the restricted, mythical Kingdom of Upper Mustang in North Western Nepal.

In addition to filming and writing, Peter studies Himalayan Archaeology and has been working with the Nepalese government in exploring ancient cave dwellings in North West Nepal. His work with National Geographic and PBS on archaeological discoveries in Nepal’s Kingdom of Mustang have been seen by tens of millions of people globally. His third film in the Mustang series, “Cave People of the Himalaya”, premiered on PBS February 15th, 2012 with broad appeal and high viewership ratings. Further, National Geographic Magazine featured his work in Mustang in the popular “Sky Caves Of Nepal” article in the October 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine. He is an accomplished speaker and has contributed to dozens of books, periodicals and films featuring exploration in the Himalaya. His children’s book about climbing Everest, “Tales from the Top of the World’, was published by the Lerner Press in the summer of 2012 and is popular with young readers across the nation. The second book in the series, “ Secrets of the Sky Caves of Nepal” is scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2013.

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