Soiree raises funds for mountain guides 

Ian Parnell frontline photography highlighted

What: Mountaineers’ Soiree

Where: Myrtle Philip Community School

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.

British mountaineer and photographer Ian Parnell will share his worldwide adventures in Photography from the Frontline at the 8 th Annual Mountaineers’ Soiree on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Myrtle Philip Community School.

Parnell, one of Britain’s leading alpinists, was twice nominated for the Piloet d’or.

“There’s been times when I’ve seen Ian trim his gear to a minimum, chucking out his sleeping bag just to squeeze in more camera equipment,” said fellow alpinist Andy Kirkpatrick of Parnell. “The fact that he’s willing to suffer for his art means he brings back photos that few others can.”

Parnell will share photos and stories from his significant ascents across the globe including in the Himalayas, Alaska, Krgyzstan, Greenland and Patagonia.

A silent auction proceeds the narrated slide show.

Proceeds raised from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) hosted event will benefit two organizations: the ACMG Brian Ebert Memorial Scholarships Fund and the newly formed Squamish Access Society.

The ACMG fund is named after Squamish-based guide Brian Ebert who died while working in the mountains in 1995. The fund helps cover course and exam fees for people who are pursuing a career as an ACMG guide.

The Squamish Access Society will use funds to improve access to climbing areas in the Sea to Sky corridor.

Advance $10 tickets are available at Valhalla Pure in Squamish or Escape Route in Whistler. Tickets are $12 at the door.


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