Our annual holiday fundraiser screening of The Wildest Dream was a smashing success, with only a few small hiccups. One of those being the eternal bane of holiday travel. Conrad Anker’s connecting flight left without him, so he had an epic travel day. He ended up renting a car in Salt Lake City and driving down to Telluride–thankfully the weather was sunny and not blizzard conditions–just in time to catch the after-party at the Sheridan lounge.

We were able to schedule a morning talk with Conrad the morning after, which in many ways was even better than a post-screening theater Q&A. The Camel’s Garden Hotel was generous enough to allow us to use their lobby area. More than a couple hotel guests in full ski gear stopped and caught some of the discussion, which ranged from whether or not Conrad believes Mallory made the summit of Everest (probably not) to what makes a great mountaineer (a large quota of luck, among other things).

Conrad is so smart and thoughtful with a wide range of knowledge. When asked if he was sorry to miss the great Age of Exploration, he said that he thought the future edge of exploration would be in science. Almost nano-exploration in the effort to combat climate change and species loss.

If you made it to the screening, thanks for coming out.

The Hoffmans, Erik Fallenius, Chris Hanson and others dropped in for Conrad's talk

The Hoffmans, Erik Fallenius, Chris Hanson and others dropped in for Conrad's talk

Conrad and David hold court in front of a roaring fire

Conrad and David hold court in front of a roaring fire

Standing room only

Standing room only

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