Renowned mountaineer Stephen Venables coming on November 17

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October 12, 2009
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HIGHER THAN THE EAGLE SOARS: Renowned mountaineer Stephen Venables coming to Catlin Gabel on November 17
Legendary British mountaineer Stephen Venables will discuss his noteworthy adventures in his presentation “Higher Than the Eagle Soars: From the Eiger to Everest” on Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cabell Center at Catlin Gabel School, 8825 SW Barnes Rd. (just east of St. Vincent Hospital). Tickets are available at the door for $8 for this fundraiser for Catlin Gabel’s outdoor education program. After the lecture Venables will sign his books, which will be available for purchase. The presentation is sponsored by Oregon Mountain Community.
Stephen Venables, considered one of the world’s great mountaineers, is one of the very few Westerners to have reached the summit of Everest without supplementary oxygen. His night alone near the top, without tent or sleeping bag, has become one of the legends of modern mountaineering. In this stunning slideshow, he will recount some of his many adventures around the world. Highlights include the North Face of the Eiger, Uganda’s Mountains of the Moon, explorations on Snow Lake, and several groundbreaking Himalayan climbs including the new Anglo-American route up Everest.
Venables is also an award-winning author, photographer, and public speaker. He wrote the screenplay for the IMAX movie The Alps and appeared with Conrad Anker and Reinhold Messner in Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure. His books about his mountain adventures have won the Boardman Tasker Prize, the King Albert Medal, and the Grand Award at Banff International Mountain Literature Festival. Venables’s special visit to Portland is the last night of a tour that has taken him to New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, New York, and the Western states. For more about him, visit .
Catlin Gabel’s outdoor education program focuses on educating the whole student. By providing opportunities for students to face and overcome challenges, learn group living skills, and understand the way the natural world works, the program supplements the academic rigors faced by the individual student. The program broadens the education of both Middle and Upper School students by fostering their self awareness, exposing them to new environments and challenges while providing important leadership opportunities.
Catlin Gabel serves Portland and the world as an educational catalyst, drawing together dedicated educators, motivated students, superb curricular resources, and thoughtfully applied technology, in a beautiful and functional setting, all for the purpose of forming bold learners who become responsible action-takers for life. Catlin Gabel is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive coeducational day school serving 730 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Its roots go back to the Portland Academy, founded in 1859. The school occupies 54 acres on Barnes Road, five miles west of downtown Portland. For more about the school, please visit
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