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Mountaineer Conrad Anker will present new film

Conrad Anker
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Famed mountaineer Conrad Anker will appear Saturday in Seattle for a showing of his new film “The Other Way.” The event is part of North Face’s Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series.

After the film, which looks at Anker’s passion for climbing and his life, he will lead a discussion and question-and-answer session.

Anker profile: The 52-year-old Anker’s climbing career has spanned more than 30 decades, and includes his summit of unclimbed 20,700-foot Mount Meru. Anker was featured in “Meru,” released this summer. It tells the story of Anker and his two climbing partners as they tackled the 1,500-foot vertical rock wall at the top of Meru.

In 1999, Anker located the body of explorer George Mallory on Mount Everest, part of team that included the South Sound’s Eric Simonsen. Mallory had disappeared while attempting to summit Everest in 1924.

Later that year, Anker and climbing partner Alex Lowe were buried by an avalanche while in the Himalayan Mountains. Lowe did not survive. Anker would eventually fall in love and marry Lowe’s widow, Jennifer.

A resident of Bozeman, Montana, Anker has been to the summit of Mount Everest three times. In 2007, he climbed the mountain as part of a film about the disappearance of Mallory and his partner Sandy Irvine. Anker’s last trip to the summit was in May 2012, when he led an educational and research-based expedition up the Southeast Ridge.

What he said: “I’ve learned that these things — my family, my passion for climbing and for being a force for good in the local community and in the larger community — are the source of happiness for me. … Even when we’re suffering, whether it’s in the mountains or because of something going on at home, trying situations are a way to understand our human condition. You have to try to rise above the adversity. I like doing that.”

When: The doors will open at 6 p.m. Saturday, with the screening of the film starting at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Admiral Theater, 2343 California Ave. SW, Seattle.

Tickets: $8 in advance at thenorthface.com/speakerseries.com. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

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