Evergreen Remembers Founding Educator’s Bold Ascent of Everest

Published: November 10, 2013

Film of Epic Climb Featured at Unsoeld Seminar

(Olympia, Wash.) A film and discussion about the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history will be the feature of this year’s Unsoeld Seminar November 20 at 7 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia.

“High and Hallowed: Everest 1963” tells the story of Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein’s pioneering ascent of the West Ridge of Mt. Everest, and examines the risk and adventure that drew them to the summit. Filmmakers David Morton, Jake Norton and Jim Aikman will join Tom Hornbein onstage after the film to discuss the film with the audience. This event is free.

Willi Unsoeld was a philosopher, mountaineer and founding faculty member at The Evergreen State College who lost his life in an avalanche on Mt. Rainier in 1979.

The Unsoeld Seminar series is endowed as a living memorial to Unsoeld’s interests in wilderness and human values, ethics and human behavior, effective learning and experiential education, philosophy and environmental awareness, nature and culture. Since 1986, the series has offered lectures, workshops and performances that engage and involve participants, and reflect Evergreen’s emphasis on collaboration and personal responsibility.