Most expeditions tackle Himalayan peaks in summer, when weather is best. Even then, success is a longshot. So when Cory Richards and his team set out in winter 2010 to summit Pakistan's Gasherbrum II, the world's thirteenth tallest peak, the odds were against them. Blizzards amplified the mountain's savagery, yet the team summited and Cory became the first American to make a Himalayan winter ascent. With a resume including Lhotse, another 8000-meter giant, and other steep Nepalese peaks, Cory became a rising star of Himalayan alpinism. When he traveled to Everest in 2012, as photographer and climber for a highly publicized, ambitious expedition, the pressure was on. His humbling defeat due to illness forced Cory to examine his motivation in a sport that juggles risk and reward.
VIP reception will be held at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in the Coastal Hall and will benefit Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail. Many thanks to our sponsor, Great Outdoor Provision Company!