If you are anywhere near Poughkeepsie, New York on Monday, February 15, 2010 (and you have snow tires, an all-wheel-drive, or some skis and a craving for some exercise), trudge over to Vassar College.
At 7:00 pm in the Villard Room, Anne Parmenter, a 1990 NOLS Rocky Mountain Instructor Course graduate, will enlighten a captive audience on the importance of leadership and teamwork in her ascents of Everest in 2004 and 2006.
Anne has had a long and illustrious career as a field hockey and lacrosse coach, a wilderness guide, and an alpine climber. She has climbed Aconcagua in Argentina twice; Denali;
Cotopaxi in Chimborazo; Ecuador; Mont Blanc in the French Alps; Ama
Dablam in the Himalayas; and Everest twice.
Bad group dynamics and lack of teamwork thwarted her first attempt to climb Everest, forcing her to abort the expedition 4000 feet below the summit. "I didn't feel safe with the people I was climbing with," Anne told Sports
Illustrated in a 2006 interview. But Anne was undaunted, and successfully summited Everest two years later.
Anne's story illustrates why NOLS doesn't just teach its students wilderness skills - it teaches its students how to be leaders and work with others in the wilderness to achieve positive outcomes. Bad weather and lack of preparation can often hamstring major
expeditions, but on Anne's journey, it was the lack of teamwork that
made the difference between success and failure.
Go hear Anne's story and tell us about it!