Melissa Arnot, the first non-Sherpa woman to summit Mount Everest five times, will share gripping stories about her life-and-death expeditions in a talk called “Himalayan High: Dancing With The Mountains” at the Chateau in Incline Village on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
As one of the most iconic female mountaineers in history, Arnot’s passion for climbing has taken her all over the world, according to a press release.
Her statistics are staggering, from having summited Mount Rainier more than 90 times to conquering many major peaks (Aconcagua, Ama Dablam and Kilimanjaro) across several continents.
On April 18 of this year, Arnot was on Everest at the start of a record-breaking attempt to summit Everest from both the north and south sides when the deadly avalanche killing 16 Sherpas took place. She stayed on to help with the rescue and retrieval efforts.
At 3:30 p.m., there is a private cocktail party and a meet-and-greet with Arnot. Doors open at the Chateau at 5:30 p.m. for an opportunity to preview the silent auction and raffle items, which range from ethnic jewelry and textiles, high-performance outdoor clothing, ski tickets and more.
Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are available. The lecture begins at 6 p.m., followed by an exclusive dinner hosted at a lakeview home.
Tickets for the lecture only $20 in advance and $25 at the door. VIP tickets for the private cocktail party and lecture with reserved seating are $125. VIP tickets for the cocktail party, lecture and exclusive dinner are $250.
The event is sponsored by Myths and Mountains, an award-winning adventure travel company and a proud corporate supporter of READ Global.
Myths and Mountains provides financial and in-kind support to READ, enabling it to build Community Library Resource Centers in Nepal, India and Bhutan, and seed businesses to fully sustain and support them. All proceeds from the event go to READ Global.
Additional information about this event can be found at www.READEvent.org.