December Luncheon - Exposed: Tragedy and Triumph in Mountain Climbing

  • 08 Dec 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM (MST)
  • Brown Palace

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December Luncheon: A Celebration of 50 Years of Colorado Wilderness

December Luncheon


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Exposed: Tragedy and Triumph in Mountain Climbing
Brad & Melissa McQuee
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The Western Pension & Benefits Council - Denver Chapter is pleased to continue a holiday tradition of hosting our December luncheon at the Brown Palace Hotel. Brad and Melissa McQueen will detail their harrowing night out in a May 2001 blizzard on Mt. Evans. The Alpine Rescue Team came to their aid the following morning, but Melissa suffered severe frostbite and eventually lost eight of her toes. They share the events and mistakes leading up to their rescue along with other stories from their time in the mountains.

About Our Presenters

Brad McQueen - Brad is an avid hiker and climber and is a partner in the Denver-based CPA firm, EKS&H, where he audits public and private companies in a variety of industries.  Brad is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver where he teaches auditing. He has climbed all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks (238 Colorado 14er summits actually!) along with other mountains in the United States and abroad. He is a member of the American Alpine Club and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a leading statewide stewardship organization, and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, an organization working to protect and preserve Colorado’s highest peaks.

Melissa McQueen - Melissa is a passionate educator and outdoors person. She has climbed 15 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks and 19,330-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in addition to attempts on Mt. Rainier and the Grand Teton. Her frostbite story was first told on Colorado Public Radio’s Here’s What Happened program and she was featured in Backpacker Magazine’s 2012 Survivor Edition. She unofficially holds large numbers of “firsts” and “speed records” for two-toed people. She is a member of the American Alpine Club and volunteers each summer with Big City Mountaineers, taking groups of inner city high school girls on their first backpacking trips.
     





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