BreckCreate, National Geographic Live bring explorers to Breckenridge |

BreckCreate, National Geographic Live bring explorers to Breckenridge

Courtesy of National Geographic Live
Cory Richards / Courtesy of National Geographic Live |

National Geographic Live schedule

• Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Cory Richards and Mike Libecki: “Untamed Antarctica”

• Wednesday, Oct. 14 — Bryan Smith: “The Lens of Adventure”

• Wednesday, Nov. 18 — David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes: “Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice”

All events start at 7:30 p.m. and take place at the Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave. in Breckenridge. Single event ticket prices range from $25 to $45; season subscribers save 15 percent off single-ticket prices when purchasing all three events. Subscription and single-event tickets to the National Geographic Live Breckenridge series are on sale now through To learn more, visit

National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s popular speaker series, and Breckenridge Creative Arts will showcase the world through the eyes of great explorers, filmmakers and photographers, with a debut season starting in September at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.

The Breckenridge program, which is the first National Geographic Live series in Colorado, will expose rarely seen perspectives on exploration through the often-daring experiences of National Geographic personalities. In the 2015 season, audience members experience the climb of a 2,000-foot peak in frigid Antarctica with Mike Libecki and Cory Richards; peek through the lens of adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith; and see behind-the-camera adventures with the team of underwater photographer David Doubilet and aquatic biologist Jennifer Hayes.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Breckenridge Creative Arts to bring our explorers, photographers and filmmakers to the Rockies and Colorado,” said Andy van Duym, vice president of National Geographic Live. “At National Geographic, we believe in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. People in Breckenridge love nature and the outdoors. And so I’m sure that the entertaining stories that National Geographic’s explorers share through the series will be a hit with the community.”

About the series

“I’m sure that the entertaining stories that National Geographic’s explorers share through the series will be a hit with the community.”Andy van DuymNational Geographic Live

The three-part series opens with climbing photographers and explorers Richards and Libecki in a program titled “Untamed Antarctica” on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center.

No one had set foot on Bertha’s Tower until it was climbed by an expedition supported by National Geographic. The team included Richards, a photographer and filmmaker, and Libecki, a veteran of more than 40 expeditions, including first ascents on five continents, plus Oceania. Surrounded by ice, the 2,000-foot spire is battered by winds of near hurricane force. As reported in the September 2013 issue of National Geographic, Richards and Libecki battled extreme cold, furious katabatic winds and fickle weather in an epic, 10-day climb to the summit.

The second installation of the series features extreme filmmaker Smith in a program titled “The Lens of Adventure” on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. An experienced kayaker who had paddled steep rivers in India, Peru and Russia, Smith was inspired to take up video photography while protesting a hydroelectric dam project that threatened British Columbian rivers. He quickly developed a knack for creating innovative technical solutions to capture dizzying images, inevitably putting himself and his team at risk to get the shot.

Currently, Smith is traveling the world in search of the world’s monster fish for the popular Nat Geo WILD series “Hooked.” He recently filmed and directed “The Man Who Can Fly,” a National Geographic special documenting experiments in human-powered flight. For Smith, extreme is “whatever is scary for you,” and he repeatedly tests the limits.

The third and final event in the 2015 series features aquatic photographers Doubilet and Hayes in a program titled “Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. Doubilet is a legend in underwater photography. Together with his wife and underwater partner, photojournalist Hayes, he has explored three unique marine environments for National Geographic. Join them to explore the rich and diverse waters of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, part of the “coral triangle.” Follow them into the world beneath the Antarctic ice and then north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to see whales, wolfish and harp seals. Together, they’ll go beyond the published stories to share the reality of behind-the-camera adventures.

About the partnership

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, featuring live concerts, films and dynamic presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers and photographers covering a wide range of topics, including exploration and adventure, wildlife and habitat conservation, natural phenomena and relevant issues such as climate change. Proceeds from speaker series ticket sales help fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration and education. For more information, visit

Established in 2014, Breckenridge Creative Arts was developed to support and promote arts, culture and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge. This multidisciplinary nonprofit organization is responsible for the successful management of a series of programs, facilities and partnerships that collectively animate and populate a cultural corridor in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. For more information visit

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