AlpineAffinity wrote:Are the other hundred porters/guides who helped him get there going to be speaking as well?
Actually, as we mentioned in the ad, it was an atypical Everest ascent, with only a few sherpas (3, I think).
Not sure if you use porters to get to Everest base camp for the North col route -- I don't think it's as treacherous as the approaches up the Baltoro.
Anyhow, we know the climb is controversial and we hope the event (or this forum) will foster good-natured debate. What age is too young for high altitude mountaineering? Why are people more shocked about this, and not his ascent of Denali a few years ago?
At Caltech, we often seen young students (e.g.Stephen Wolfram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Wolfram
got his PhD here at age 20). Is this similar to a young climber? What role do parents play? What happens next?
Interesting questions, although it may be hard to discuss (and not prematurely judge) until after the talk.
-Stephen (with the Caltech Alpine Club)