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Galen and Barbara Rowell Lecture Series and Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 • 6:30 p.m. • The Fairmont Hotel
San Francisco, California (California Street at Mason)

Please join us for the second annual Rowell Lecture, An Evening With Erik Weihenmayer, a reception and program with the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The program will also include the presentation of the first Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, which will honor that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions. Doug McConnell, Rowell Legacy Committee co-chair and host of KRON-TV's Bay Area Backroads, will emcee this special evening. This event is presented by the Commonwealth Club of California and the Rowell Legacy Committee, a committee of Yosemite National Institutes. It is sponsored by The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, Mountain Hardwear and Loteria Films.

Erik Weihenmayer became one of the youngest mountaineers to climb the Seven Summits – the highest mountains on the seven continents – in 2001. In 2003, Erik completed "Primal Quest," the toughest multi-sport adventure race in the world – 457 miles through the Sierra Nevada – in nine days. Erik skydives, paraglides, cycles, kayaks, treks and wrestles. "He's an inspiration to other blind people and plenty of us folks who can see just fine," says Jon Krakauer. For more about Erik Weihenmayer, please visit his website at

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