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Re: Political climbers

Postby MoapaPk » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:57 pm

Marmaduke wrote:Robert Kennedy climbed a peak in The Yukon I believe, named after his family in honor of JFK. I think he climbed with Jim Whitaker.


There was an article in National Geographic about the ascent.
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Re: Political climbers

Postby Scott » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:04 am

?And who was the biggest climber who was also a politician?


Mark Udall, US senator for Colorado has climbed some serious routes in the Himalaya, including on Kanchenjunga.

He is mentioned in several books on the Himalaya,the AAJ, and is mentioned on the front page of the American Alpine Club website:

http://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/his ... lpine-club

He may be the "biggest" climber that is currently a US politician.
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Re: Political climbers

Postby Castlereagh » Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:52 am

a young Winston Churchill (and this guy was pretty badass pre WWI) went to Switzerland to climb the Matterhorn. He found out it wasn't the highest point of the country and decided to climb the actual highpoint (Monte Rosa).

pretty sure Teddy Roosevelt climbed a few peaks out West in between killing all them moose and bears. I think he's made a few trips at least into the Bighorns.
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Re: Political climbers

Postby Enkidu » Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:40 am

Scott wrote:
?And who was the biggest climber who was also a politician?


Mark Udall, US senator for Colorado has climbed some serious routes in the Himalaya, including on Kanchenjunga.

He is mentioned in several books on the Himalaya,the AAJ, and is mentioned on the front page of the American Alpine Club website:

http://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/his ... lpine-club

He may be the "biggest" climber that is currently a US politician.


From Udall's website:

"Mark was born on July 18, 1950, in Tucson, Arizona, but has spent his entire adult life in Colorado. After graduating from Williams College in 1972, he moved to Colorado's Western Slope and began a long and successful career with the Colorado Outward Bound School as a course director and educator from 1975-85 and as the organization’s executive director from 1985-95. Mark is an avid mountaineer and has climbed or attempted some of the world’s most challenging peaks, including Mt. Everest."
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Re: Political climbers

Postby desainme » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:39 am

the emperor Hadrian is recorded as having climbed Mt Aetna in order to observe the sunrise
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Re: Political climbers

Postby CSUMarmot » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:29 am

Scott wrote:
?And who was the biggest climber who was also a politician?


Mark Udall, US senator for Colorado has climbed some serious routes in the Himalaya, including on Kanchenjunga.

He is mentioned in several books on the Himalaya,the AAJ, and is mentioned on the front page of the American Alpine Club website:

http://www.americanalpineclub.org/p/his ... lpine-club

He may be the "biggest" climber that is currently a US politician.

Wow, we've had that guy for years and this is the first Ive head of his climbing adventures.
Dammit kid get off mah lawn!!!
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