The Rocky Mountaineers is an outdoor club based in Missoula, Montana that offers adventure opportunities and promotes the acquisition of skills necessary to thrive in the mountain environment.
Climbing Manaslu- Ben Darce
Imagine Nation Brewing Company- May 14- 6:00-8:00 PM
Ben Darce will give a presentation on his recent (Fall/2018) Ski-Expedition to Mount Manaslu. Manaslu(8163m), which translates to "The Mountain of Spirit", stands as the world's 8th highest mountain and is located in the Mansiri Himal mountain range of Central Nepal. During the presentation, he will share photos and tell the story of his climb. In addition to sharing his experiences with the Nepali culture, he will also discuss the logistics, challenges, and realities of climbing and skiing an 8000 meter peak without Sherpa support or oxygen.
While attending the University of North Texas, Ben would spend every summer working in Glacier National Park for the concessions. It was during this time that his passion for the mountains began to grow. After graduating with a degree in Jazz Performance in 2012, Ben relocated more permanently to the town of East Glacier Park, MT. He spent the following years playing music, waiting tables, learning how to ski, and pursuing summits throughout GNP and the Northwest. In the Fall of 2015, he was invited to join an expedition to Ama Dablam (6812m), located just 10 miles south of Mount Everest. After successfully making the summit, his mind became fixed on returning to Nepal and the possibility of climbing an 8000m peak. During the Summer, he waits tables and performs music at the Glacier Park Lodge. He is active within the music scene surrounding GNP and is a member of the Glacier Mountaineering Society. When he is not working, he enjoys splitting his time between practicing, training, and being in the mountains.
WhenSaturday, May 4, 2019
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