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Adventure series kicks off Monday

BRECKENRIDGE – Couch adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts together can climb the world’s highest peaks, visit Colorado’s wild places and explore the birds in Brazil’s wetlands for the next six weeks through the Summit Adventure Series.

This the the sixth year the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has hosted the Summit Adventure Series. All speakers have volunteered their time, and proceeds will benefit the BOEC and the Summit Huts Association, said Helen Cospolich, BOEC public relations and marketing manager.

The series is designed “to get people excited about the outdoors and to have a good venue to talk about our programs as well,” she said. “We try to use speakers that have overcome odds and have done some unusual things, which relates to the people who use our program – a lot of people have overcome odds, and they’re doing something out of the ordinary in the wilderness.”



The BOEC provides outdoor and adventure education activities for people of all abilities. Since 1976, the BOEC has offered quality wilderness programs, leadership development and adaptive skiing and riding learning experiences for youth and adults with disabilities and special needs.

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Climbing Everest – twice

Ellen Miller is the first American woman – and fourth in the world – to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice. And she did it in all in one year.

Miller climbed Everest initially because she’s “passionate about mountain climbing.”

“I went to climb it for myself,” said Miller, who is moving to Breckenridge from Vail. She climbed it again – via the south route – for a book she is writing about the 75 women who have summitted Everest.

In her slide show Monday, Miller will take viewers to the summit of Everest from both the north and south routes – from Tibet and Nepal.

She’ll explain Everest’s vastly contrasting north and south routes – their dangers and myths – and the cultural differences between the countries which flank the mountain.

In between expeditions and races, Miller likes to donate her time to help raise funds for nonprofits such as the BOEC.

“For me, it’s important to take this accomplishment and somehow give back to communities with it,” Miller said.

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From Patagonia to Pakistan

Jonathan Copp has pioneered new routes and climbed in such exotic locales as Argentina, India, Chile, Canada, Pakistan, Indonesia and more.

On Monday, Feb. 24, Copp will use video and still imagery to take viewers with him on the first ascent of the Cat’s Ear Spire in the Karakoram Range, an alpine-style ascent of Shipton Spire in Pakistan, and new routes in Argentine Patagonia – some of the world’s most formidable mountains.

Copp supports his adventures through writing, photography and guiding.

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The Best of Colorado

Nationally renowned photographer John Fielder hikes and skis hundreds of miles in Colorado each year to photograph its most sublime natural places.

On Monday, March 3, Fielder will present a slide show based on his latest book, “Best of Colorado” – a travel guide which includes photographs of Fielder’s favorite places in Colorado. The slide show will feature a collage of Fielder’s favorite Colorado images, said Linda Doyle, Fielder’s associate publisher.

Fielder will autograph books following the show.

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Birds of Brazil

Part-time Breckenridge resident Bill Vieth has travelled the world in search of pristine images of nature and wildlife.

On Monday, March 13, Vieth will give viewers an intimate look at the Pantanal in Western Brazil. In the birding world, Pantanal is a premier wetland that attracts an enormous bird population during the flood season, in the spring and early summer.

Vieth’s presentation will chronicle his exploration of the Pantanal, its birds and wildlife. His images have been in a number of publications, including Wyoming Wildlife Magazine.

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Summit County photographers

On Monday, March 17, five local photographers will show their favorite images with a question and answer panel following. Photographers Todd Powell, Bob Winsett, Carl Scofield and the Summit Daily News’ Brad Odekirk and Karin Prescott will present slides showcasing a variety of shooting styles and interests.

Winsett’s passion in photography is black-and-white portraits of people in their environments, for example, and Scofield’s style leans more toward fine art.

“I’m going to be showing a mixture of travel images from all over the world – real strong design and composition-

oriented,” Scofield said.

Combined, the photographers will show a variety of landscapes, wildlife, nature and lifestyle photography.

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Up and almost down in Kashmir

The Summit Adventure Series wraps up Monday, March 24, with Mark Wilford.

Colorado native Wilford has been climbing for more than 30 years.

Yamandaka is a peak rising from a remote unexplored region of the Indian Karakorum, also known as Kashmir. Wilford will share his unique perspective during the first ascent of this peak, which yielded a classic alpine climb with an epic descent.

Wilford has achieved notable first ascents, including a bold solo ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland.


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