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"Into the Great Ranges with Mountain Guide Chris Wright"


World renowned alpinist who has been bestowed the Mugs Stump and American Alpine Club Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge awards  Chris climbing

  • Date: Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: 107 Breiseth Hall, 137-159 S. Franklin St., Wilkes University 
 Chris grew up in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains before finding climbing while studying cinematography at New York University, and has been hooked ever since. After beginning his guiding career in 2006 with a move to the Pacific Northwest, Chris has climbed, guided, and skied across the world from the Western US to Alaska, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Nepal, Africa, Mexico, the Andes, and Canada. His climbing achievements include everything from Yosemite big walls to new routes and virgin summits, and his guiding career has taken him from Ouray to Denali, and up and down Mt. Hood too many times to count.

An avid first ascensionist, Chris has received the prestigious Mugs Stump and American Alpine Club Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Awards for his climbs in India and Nepal, where he made the first ascents of multiple routes on unclimbed peaks, including Pangbuk North (6,589m) via Purgation (VI WI6+ M6), which is also the title of a feature article published in the 2014 American Alpine Journal. 

Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers

Founder of McSweeney’s and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What

  • Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts

Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle, A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine (The Believer). McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of seven tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.

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