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SPECIAL GUESTS, WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS



Conrad Anker


David Breashears


Dave Hahn


Tommy Caldwell


Beth Rodden


Tim O'Neill


Imam Mehdi Khorasani


Sam Wooten


Beth Wald


CONRAD ANKER
Conrad, 40, has climbed some of the most technically challenging terrain on earth. This search has taken him from the icefalls of Alaska and Antarctica to the big walls of Patagonia, from mixed climbs in the Alps and Russia to the massive peaks of the Himalaya. He will present slide shows of his alpine adventures.

DAVID BREASHEARS
Through a series of high altitude cinematographic firsts, David Breashears has established himself as perhaps the leading mountaineering filmmaker in the world. His live broadcast from the Everest summit in 1983 was a technological breakthrough. In 1996, he produced his tour de force: lugging the heavy IMAX camera to the summit and directing a brilliant film that remains the most popular IMAX production ever.

DAVE HAHN
Over recent years, Dave Hahn has moved to the forefront of an elite group: the high altitude guides. He has attempted Everest eight times, summited four times and gained a reputation as a powerful climber and a shrewd expedition leader. This spring, he guided ex-New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson to the world's highest point.

JIM BRIDWELL
Jim has attempted a new route on Everest, but is best known as a groundbreaking climber on all terrain. His rock routes in Yosemite Valley and alpine climbs in all the great ranges have astounded the climbing community and established Bridwell as the leading climber of his generation.

TOMMY CALDWELL & BETH RODDEN
Tommy and Beth, their names linked for years, are now joined by marriage. Tommy & Beth are two of the best technical rock climbers of the modern era. Tommy is America's best all-round climber and Beth is the first woman to climb 5.14. They have shared adventures throughout the world, not least of which was the terrifying kidnapping by Uzbek guerillas that resulted in the best selling book, Over the Edge, by Greg Child.

WARREN MCDONALD
Warren should be dead. A freak accident left him crushed under a boulder in the outback for several days. His life was eventually saved, but not his legs. Undeterred he resumed his adventures. The film of his first climb, Second Step, won awards everywhere it was shown. Warren will bring Second Step and excerpts from his two new films: An ascent of Kilimanjaro with other handicap people and Weeping Wall, an ice climb in Canada.

TIM O'NEILL
Tim is known throughout the climbing world for his audacious speed climbing and his outrageous slide-shows. At this year's festival he will stage an hilarious spoof on the Everest scene that had the audience rolling in the aisles at Telluride Mountain Film Festival.

ALLAN SAVORY
Allan is the Founding Director of The Savory Center for Holistic Management and the African Centre for Holistic Management, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. He is the recipient of the prestigious Banksia Award given individuals whoŠ "are making, a significant contribution for the betterment of our environment on a global level."

TRUDY HEALY
Trudy is a New Mexico Water Trust Board Representative, Irrigation or Conservancy District, Surface Water. She grew up in Ranchos de Taos and helped manage some of the largest ranches in Northern NM. Currently she is an activist, policy maker and philanthropist for land and water issues in New Mexico.

BOBBY MULLER
Bobby is president of Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. He is also the co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Land-mines, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998.

LAMA CHODRAK
As a very young boy, Lama Chodrak and his family were forced to flee the Chinese occupation of Tibet. He was fortunate to be accompanied by his family, unlike many children who still cross the Himalaya today to seek education in Nepal.



THE WRITERS

GRETEL EHRLICH
The author of The Solace of Open Spaces will read from that and her new book This Cold Heaven.

MAX EVANS
The author of Hi-Lo Country, Xavier's Folly and many other wonderful stories of the American West, will read from his new book set in the Taos Mountains.

JOHN NICHOLS
John wrote the Milagro Beanfield War, The Sterile Cuckoo and has lived in Taos since the sixties. He loves these mountains and climbs South Lake Fork peak regularly.

JOHN FAYHEE
John is the editor of Mountain Gazette.

DICK DORWORTH
Dick is a freelance writer and an accomplished alpinist.

IMAM MEHDI KHORASANI
Born in Iraq, of a long line of religious leaders, Khorasani is the author of nineteen books on the spiritual and literary nature of Islam. He graduated from the University of Najaf, Iraq, founded the Islamic Society in London in 1960, and is now the Imam of the Islamic Society of California.



THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

MARTIN SHOELLER
Because of his renown as a 'big-face' photographer in New York, Martin Shoeller was commissioned by Outside Magazine to shoot the Sherpas of Everest. The acclaimed photographic essay, The Tigers of the Snow will hang in the Old County Courtroom.

SAM WOOTEN
The complexity of religious emotions and rituals are at the center of Sam Wooten's interest and work during the past ten years of travel throughout the Muslim world. It is the peaceful, yet intense element of prayer that he seeks to experience, understand and capture.

BETH WALD
Award-winning photographer Beth Wald, who has shot for National Geographic, Climbing, and many other periodicals, traveled to Afghanistan to document the state of the country after the overthrow of the Taliban. Her prints will be hung in exhibition and Rob Schultheis, a renowned journalist, who accompanied her to Afghanistan will present a show of her slides.

ANDREA HECKMAN
Mountain Pilgrimages: Ausangate, Peru and Kailas, Tibet. Andrea Heckman has worked as a trekking guide for Wilderness Travel for 25 years. She presents a lecture of two pilgrimages she has undertaken and photographed. Andrea lives in Taos.

JOHN FULLBRIGHT
John is a local professional photographer who travels widely pursuing his specialty, photographing water sports.









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