Breckenridge Creative Arts presents second season of National Geographic speaker series |

Breckenridge Creative Arts presents second season of National Geographic speaker series

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner on the steep step before the rock shoulder of K2
Ralf Dujmovits / National Geographic |

Breckenridge Creative Arts announces its second season of National Geographic Live, a three-part speaker series that showcases the world through the eyes of award-winning photographers, filmmakers and explorers. The 2016 season will run March through May at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Single event ticket are $25 and $35, with student and children’s tickets priced at $10; season subscribers save 15 percent off single-ticket prices when purchasing all three events. Subscription and single-event tickets to the National Geographic Live series in Breckenridge are on sale now at the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office, by phone at (970) 547-3100 or online at The Breckenridge series features intimate and engaging lectures with some of most fascinating National Geographic personalities.

In the 2016 season, audience members can climb K2 with Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner; peek into the lens of Colorado-based filmmaker Pete McBride; and experience the adventures of wildlife photographer Steve Winter.

“We look forward to bringing a second season of National Geographic’s dynamic and entertaining explorers to Breckenridge,” said Andy van Duym, vice president of National Geographic Live, in a statement. “Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Pete McBride and Steve Winter have wowed audiences across North America and around the world with their breathtaking multi-media shows and stories of adventure. The Breckenridge community is in for a treat.”

The three-part series opens with mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner in a program entitled “K2: Danger and Desire on the Savage Mountain,” on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has climbed all 14 main peaks in the eight-thousand-meter series as well as four summits higher than eight thousand meters. By reaching the summit of K2 (8,611 meters, the second highest peak in the world), she has become the first woman to scale all 8,000-meter peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen.

Her passion, however, is not solely the high mountains of the Himalayas — it’s the people, culture, and religion that enchant her. The achievement earned Kaltenbrunner recognition as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. Meet this mountaineer and share the dramatic story of how she prepared for and triumphed on K2, told with breathtaking photos and video from the roof of the world.

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