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February Meeting


7:30PM – Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center

Mountain of Destiny: The German
Assault on Nanga Parbat, 1934-1953
Presented by Stewart Weaver

Of all the great Himalayan peaks, none has a more dramatic climbing history than Nanga Parbat, the great western anchor of the range and the world’s ninth-highest mountain. In this generously illustrated presentation drawn from his book, “Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering” (winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for History, 2008), Stewart Weaver, Professor of History at the University of Rochester, will introduce his audience both to the mountain itself — its location and geophysical features — and to its remarkable history, focusing especially on German efforts to climb it for Führer and Fatherland in the 1930s. For the National Socialist state, no cost was too high for the honor of claiming a great Himalayan peak, and so disaster followed on disaster until Nanga Parbat had seized the national imagination and become for the Germans their Schicksalsberg, their “mountain of destiny.” 
In this return visit to the Eisenhart Auditorium, Professor Weaver will situate the German obsession with Nanga Parbat in the wider context of the history of Himalayan mountaineering more generally and review the social, political, and cultural circumstances from which it emerged. He will introduce the audience to a memorable cast of characters including A.F. Mummery, the great English climber who went missing on Nanga Parbat in 1895; Willo Welzenbach and Willi Merkl, leaders of the disastrously failed German expeditions of the 1930s; Heinrich Harrer, whose famous “seven years in Tibet” began on Nanga Parbat; and Hermann Buhl, the great Austrian climber who finally climbed the great peak to its summit in 1953. He will also discuss the Bhotia and Sherpa contribution to successive efforts on Nanga Parbat and describe the ways in which this great mountain’s tragic history influenced the overall purpose and design of Himalayan expeditions.
Champion: Grace Fuller

February 2016 Workshop


Which way should I go?  Using a compass … Part 2

This month’s workshop is part 2 of a 3-part-workshop focusing on how to use a compass.  Last month Barb Brenner presented how to use magnetic north to take and use a bearing.  This month, we will work with a map, learning how to use true north to take and use a bearing.  True north is used as the “north” on topo maps.  Bring your compass to the workshop. It is a tool for measuring a bearing, the angle between north and the direction we want to go in. 

Next month’s workshop – Learn how to use a bearing taken with either magnetic north or true north and to use it with the other “north”.   This workshop focuses on declination, the angle between magnetic north and true north, and how to adjust for it. 

If you would like a copy of the slides from the 1/13/2016 "Compass - Part 1" workshop or have questions, feel free to email Barb Brenner

March 2016

Looking Ahead to March

The Heat Is On: The Effects of Modern Climate Change on Mountains

Presented by Benjamin Laabs

Modern climate change — especially rising temperatures — is affecting the Adirondacks as well as other mountains in the northeast and western U.S. From the decline in the snowfall and duration of winter to the rising tree-line elevation, or from warming mountain lakes or increased frequency of forest fires, climate changes significantly alter ecosystems and the physical landscapes of mountains. These changes can potentially affect the appeal of mountains for hiking and other recreational uses, the economic value of mountain environments, and the overall attitude toward conservation.

This presentation will include specific examples of the impacts of climate change in the Adirondacks and other mountains in the U.S., discussion of the effects of the current El Niño on North American climate and examples of preservation/conservation efforts (and the cost thereof) in federally-protected mountains.

Ben Laabs, Associate Professor and Chair of SUNY Geneseo’s Geological Sciences Department (and aspiring 46er), specializes in glacial geology, paleoclimate and geomorphology research. He also serves as Associate Editor for the Geological Society of America Bulletin.        Champion: Nancy Donny

Leadership Training Workshop

Training Workshop
March 19, 2016
Perinton Volunteer Ambulance Training Center
 1400 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport
Interested in becoming a trip leader, but don’t know where to begin? Would you like to be a more effective trip leader? Perhaps you would like to do a better job in planning your own trips.

Please join us on March 19, 2016 for a day of fun and learning with a group of knowledgeable and experienced ADK-GVC trip leaders who will help you understand the dynamics of leading trips in the outdoors.

There is no charge for this event. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Registration is required so we can prepare Resource Guides for all participants. Attendance is limited to 30 people. Please use the following web link to register or contact Miranda Reid at

Ambassadors Report

GVC Ambassador's Report

If you haven't signed up then you didn't get an invitation to help at Winterfest. See Photos from 2016 Winterfest here   (Photos by Jet Thomas)

 Besides standing outside in the cold showing your friends just how tough you really are. What you really missed was seeing the look on a child's face when you put snowshoes on them for the first time. That makes it all worthwhile! Don't miss the next opportunity.

If this sounds like fun, sign up! When we get an invitation we’ll send it to the GVC Ambassadors email list. If it’s a time you are free and willing to attend, just let us know!

To sign up, just follow this link to the GVC Ambassador group and join:!forum/gvc-ambassadors

Hearing Induction Loop

The Eisenhart Auditorium is equipped with an audio induction loop (hearing loop). The loop transmits the auditorium’s sound system directly to most modern hearing aids, cochlear implants, and hand-held hearing loop receivers for individuals without telecoil-compatible hearing aids. The sound is clear, clean, and free of interference and environmental noise.


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