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Powell's Books Presents Vanessa O'Brien in Conversation With Phil Powers


Apr 1, 2021 04:26 PM

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Vanessa O’Brien
Vanessa O’Brien is an American-British mountaineer, explorer, public speaker and former business executive. In 2017, she became the first American woman and the first British woman to successfully summit K2. Vanessa was named Explorer of the Year in 2018 by the Scientific Exploration Society. Vanessa is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and an advocate for woman’s causes. She lives in New York City and London with her husband, Jonathan.
Phil Powers
Phil Powers led dozens of expeditions to South America, Alaska and Pakistan’s Karakoram Range, including ascents of K2 and Gasherbrum II without supplemental oxygen. He made the first ascent of the Washburn Face on Denali, the first ascent of Lukpilla Brakk’s Western Edge in Pakistan, and the first winter traverse of the Tetons’ Cathedral Peaks. Powers is author of Wilderness Mountaineering and Climbing: Expedition Planning. He is the recipient of the American Mountain Foundation’s VIIth Grade Award; the AAC Mountaineering Fellowship Grant; among other honors. He received the American Alpine Clubs highest award for service, the Heilprin Award, in 2012. He served as the CEO of the American Alpine Club from 2005 to 2020 and has owned and operated The Mountain Guides, which operates four guiding locations in the American West, since 1998. Still an active skier and climber, he and his wife split their time between a home in Vermont and a Yurt in Wyoming.