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  Pete Athans to receive the Explorers Club Tenzing Norgay Award


Seven Time Everest Summiter Pete Athans will be honored with the Tenzing Norgay Award at the Explorers Club black tie fundraiser on March 19 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The late Tenzing Norgay, also a member of the Explorers Club, exemplified the spirit of exploration and attained incredible achievements in his lifetime. In tribute to Norgay, this award is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in mountaineering. The Tenzing Norgay Award is one of the Explorers Club Quadrennial Awards, meaning that it can only be awarded once every four years. Pete is only the fourth individual to be selected for this distinct accolade.  The previous three winners were Norman Dyhrenfurth, Apa Sherpa and Sharon Wood. 

Perhaps the most successful and modest American Everest Climber ever, Pete Athans is known in some circles simply as "Mr. Everest". Since 1985, he has been part of 16 Everest expeditions, attempted five different routes from the Tibetan and Nepalese sides of the mountain and on seven occasions has attained the summit, more than any other western climber.

In December of 1997, Peter was granted the David A. Sowles award for his dramatic rescue efforts high on Everest in 1996, assisting two frostbitten and exhausted climbers from Everest's south col. The Sowles medal is the highest award conferred by the American Alpine Club, given rarely and only to climbers who have distinguished themselves through assuming great personal risk, sacrificing their own objectives and going to the assistance of those in need. 

Everest looms from Pete's resume, but his accomplishments on other peaks are equally impressive. Over a twenty-year period, Pete has been active on each continent, climbing, guiding and exploring.  Pete’s rapid ascents of Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam and Pumori have been remarkable in their skill, efficiency and speed.

Pete is a member of The North Face Design and Development team, guides mountaineering adventures throughout the world and is a high altitude film-maker, earning him credits on films for NOVA, National Geographic Society and in the feature film, " Seven Years in Tibet". 

"I am sure Tenzing himself would be very happy that Pete Athans receives this award. Congratulations!" Peter Hillary

Corporations around the world are now recognizing his vast accomplishments.  He is sought after as a motivational speaker and asked to share his vision and experience as a leader with their employees and staff.   At each presentation, Pete imparts his knowledge of teamwork and overcoming challenges he has faced during his mountaineering expeditions.  Pete recently spoke on behalf of Wyeth Pharmaceutical Company in Athens, Greece, gave the keynote for a medical conference in Orlando, Florida, and was the keynote speaker for TCI Tires, Message Labs and Banta Corporation. Pete Athans is a founding client for EverestSpeakers Bureau.com

The Explorers Club was founded in 1904 and is a multidisciplinary, professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration, and the idea that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.  The overall mission of the Club is the encouragement of scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space, with particular emphasis on the physical and biological sciences.  The headquarters for the worldwide activities of The Explorers Club and its Chapters is the landmark Lowell Thomas Building on East 70th Street in New York City.

 

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