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Imam Mehdi Khorasani
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.
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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.
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 author of The Solace of
Open Spaces will read from that and her new
book This Cold Heaven.
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 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 is the editor of Mountain
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.
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.
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
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
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 is a local professional
photographer who travels widely pursuing his
specialty, photographing water sports.