Mountain Story Festival

Mountain Story Festival

The first annual Mountain Story Festival brings American climbing legends to Jackson Hole for a not-to-be-missed week of events from Sunday, May 12, through Saturday, May 18. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, Mountain Story Festival explores the past, present and future of the tallest peak on Earth. At 29,035 feet, Mount Everest holds a place of awe in our collective imaginations. For those who’ve been there, it’s unforgettable. For the rest of us, it’s a destination we visit through dreams and stories told in great books.

Mountain Story Festival celebrates the passions and pursuits of Jackson Hole readers, showcasing stories and storytellers inspired by alpine landscapes. Teton County Library presents Mountain Story Festival in collaboration with Jackson Hole Writers, Center of Wonder, The Murie Center and Teton County Library Foundation with support from the following partners: Exum Mountain Guides, Skinny Skis, American Alpine Club, Betsy and Jim Hesser, The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites, Alpine House and The Wildflower Inn.

All events are free and non-ticketed. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each event’s start time.

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 7 p.m., Pink Garter Theater
In 2012, after 10 years of research and writing, Wade Davis published the award-winning book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest. Davis crafts a narrative explaining why George Mallory kept climbing Mount Everest, despite the extreme and altogether immeasurable degree of risk involved in the fateful expedition. Davis also examines the relationship between The Great War and British exploration of Everest in the 1920s. He makes the case that climbers accepted a degree of risk unimaginable before the war.

Climbing Everest: The Myths, the Madness and the Macabre
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 7 p.m., Pink Garter Theater
In spring 2012, along with a team from The North Face, Mark Jenkins spent two months climbing – and ultimately summiting – Mount Everest. Meanwhile, that season, 10 others died attempting the same feat. In his visual presentation, Jenkins not only chronicles the 2012 ascent, but critically examines how Everest has changed in the past half century, from ethics to environment, money to mentors.


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