WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Author, photographer and climbing guide Andy Selters will present the history of mountaineering in North America in image, word and music when he visits Whitman Tuesday, Nov. 29.


Selters’ show is a state-of-the-art digital production with historical mountaineering images that span time from the 1870s to today. This multi-media presentation, at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall 130, is based on his most recent book, “Ways to the Sky,” which won top honors from the Banff Mountain Book Festival and the National Outdoor Book Awards.


The presentation goes beyond the book as Selters explores the spirit of optimism that is found in mountaineering. He portrays how that optimism has expanded, ebbed, focused and grown in explorers from John Muir and Conrad Kain through the tales of Fred Beckey to the modern “uber-climbers.” Selters narrates part of the show; other parts have period music as background. The show runs for about 50 minutes. It is sponsored by the Whitman College Outdoor Program and the Mabel Groseclose Endowment.


Selters has worked as a climbing guide, author and photographer for more than 20 years, and he has pioneered new routes in the Karakoram, Himalaya and Andes. His previous books include “The Mt. Shasta Book” and “Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue.”




CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

Email: parishlj@whitman.edu