CWU Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (OPR) is once again hosting their popular speaker s eries, and this year’s trio of speakers are bringing a wealth of inspiration and experience with them.
Central alum John Stimberis will kick things off with his discussion on “Avalanche Awareness” Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) room 137 A&B. As an avalanche forecaster for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Stimberis will share his extensive knowledge on avalanche safety methods currently being implemented at mountains and ski resorts throughout the Pacific Northwest. This is a must-see presentation for anyone that spends time outside during the winter.
The OPR Speaker Series will continue with Brock Gavery presenting “Triple Threat” Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in SURC 137 A&B. Come and hear about how Gavery conquered the Rainier Triple Threat, a feat where he and friend Sam Thompson biked 120 miles from Seattle to the base of Mt. Rainier, climbed to the summit of Mt. Rainier and descended to run the 93-mile Wonderland Trail around the mountain in just 80 hours.
The series will culminate with a speech from former Central professor, acclaimed and world-class mountaineer Dr. Jon Kedrowski Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in SURC 137 A&B. Through a partnership with the CWU Performing Arts and Speaker Series, attendees will hear Kedrowski’s story about reaching the summit of Mount Everest last May. Within 800 feet of the summit, overcrowding and high winds turned the mountain into what Kedrowski described as a “death zone.” Seven climbers died that night, but Kedrowski was able to utilize his extensive mountaineering knowledge to assist in the rescue of four climbers. Despite witnessing the second worst tragedy in Mt. Everest history, Kedrowski would not be denied. He made it to the summit less than a week later.