Keystone Center founder awarded for his mountaineering excellence
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Honored for his achievements on and off the mountain, The Keystone Center’s founder Robert Craig was recently named to the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum’s Hall of Mountaineering Excellence. He was inducted at an inaugural gala on April 10 with Yvon Chouinard, Robert Bates and Dr. Charles Houston.
“It was obviously an honor and I felt I deserved it less than a lot of other climbers I could name,” Craig said. “It was a very nice evening and I was very pleased to be a part of it.”
The Hall of Mountaineering Excellence was founded this year at the request of the museum’s board, and climbers will now be honored annually, said the American Mountaineering Museum’s operations manager Sarah Wood.
“For us, we really want to start honoring these great mountaineers, not only for their work on the mountains but for what they’ve given back to their communities and the climbing community,” Wood said. “We really hope to inspire the next generation of climbers and mountaineers to work beyond just climbing and first assents and really give back.”
Craig, who resides in Summit County, founded The Keystone Center in 1975 and served as its president until 1997. The Keystone Center is a local organization seeking to solve challenging environmental, energy and public health problems. As a mountaineer, he participated in or led expeditions to many of the world’s highest mountains, including K2, 1953; the American-Pamirs/USSR Expedition,1974; and as the leader of the American-Tibetan Everest West Ridge Expedition, 1983. Craig was the only Coloradan inducted last week.
Golden’s American Mountaineering Museum opened in February 2008, and it’s the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the “heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering.”
A plaque honoring Craig and the other inductees will be placed in the museum’s theater room.
“Eventually we’ll probably fill that entire room,” Wood said.
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