© World Wide Trekking
© World Wide Trekking
Spend an evening with mountaineers, adventurers and guides -- Dean Cardinal and Kat Follows – who will share their adventures on the world’s tallest peaks, the north and south poles, across the Atlantic and more. Learn about how you can challenge yourself to scale new heights, including at the Museum’s own Washburn Challenge, named in honor of Museum founder and adventurer Brad Washburn.
This unique event is hosted by the Museum of Science Fundraising Events Committee in support of the Washburn Challenge. Each year, this committee, along with other climbing enthusiasts and Museum supporters, takes part in a one-day intensive traverse of some of New England’s most rugged and beautiful terrain on Mt. Washington.
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Recommended for: Visitors 21 years of age and older
Dean Cardinale is an avid mountain climber, outdoors enthusiast, and adventure lover. Founder of World Wide Trekking and President and Founder of Human Outreach Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, he has climbed and led expeditions to North America, Central America, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Himalayas, including summiting Mt. Everest in 2005. Dean is the former president of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue and U.S. representative to the International Commission of Alpine Rescue, where he served for over a decade. He is an avalanche instructor with the American Avalanche Association, a professional ski patrolmen and avalanche forecaster for Snowbird Ski Resort, and a level-III certified U.S. Sailing Captain. Dean has recently made a self supported ski traverse of the Greenland Icecap and authored the book, Inspired – Lessons Learned from a Life of Adventure.
Kat Follows grew up on a horse farm in Cornwall, Southern England where she spent her youth competing in show jumping and studied classical music. She started her quest to climb the ‘Seven Summits’, which she completed with a summit of Mount Everest in 2006. Kat’s expeditions have taken her from the volcanoes of Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina to the higher 8000M peaks of China, Nepal, and Pakistan. She has climbed extensively throughout the Alps, skied to the Geographic North and South Poles. She became the first British woman to ski the ‘Fuchs-Messner’ route across Antarctica with no help. In 2017, she made a Transatlantic Ocean crossing, sailing 3400 nautical miles from the Gran Canaries direct to St. Lucia. Most recently, Kat just completed a ski traverse of the Greenland ice cap. Kat is passionate about inspiring women to set goals and stretch to achieve their dreams, no matter how big or small.
Jeff Arnold is a member of the Museum of Science Board of Overseers, a former life science CEO and current investor, board member and advisor for life science start-ups in greater Boston. As an avid skier he has always had a love of mountains but was never a very active hiker or climber. But in 2011, at the age of 62, he joined the Washburn Challenge and climbed Mt. Washington, an event he credits with changing his life. The next year he trained hard and attempted the double climb - up and down and up and down in one day – something he has now completed every year since. Having accomplished the double climb, at age 65 he trained hard again and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, at 19,341 feet, the tallest mountain in Africa. Last year, at 69, he trekked to Mt. Everest with Dean and Kat as guides. He is intending to celebrate his 70th birthday with another Washburn Challenge double climb this year. He has his sights on completing the 48 New Hampshire 4,000 footers as well as summiting Mt. Aconcagua, at 22,837 feet, the tallest mountain in South America. For the last eight years he has run an informal training program for the Washburn Challenge – to inspire others, some of whom never thought they could do it, to challenge themselves and reach new heights.
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