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Chuckanut Radio Hour Featuring Graham Zimmerman, A Fine Line

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Wed, 11/08/2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Crystal Ballroom at the Hotel Leo
1224 Cornwall Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Join us in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hotel Leo for an evening of music, poetry, comedy, and literature. Celebrated alpinist Graham Zimmerman will be discussing his incredible book, A Fine Line: Searching for Balance Among Mountains with ecologist Ken Etzel.

Musical Guest: Traesti Darling

Doors open and music begins at 6:30pm!

Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don't delay. 


How do we reconcile our love of outdoor adventure with the inevitability of loss in high-risk sports? Still in his thirties, Graham Zimmerman has made first ascents from Alaska to Pakistan, and in 2020 he received the Piolet d'Or for his climb on Pakistan's Link Sar with Steve Swenson. A sponsored athlete who is sought out as a climbing partner, Zimmerman knows that he must find a balance between his ambitions as an alpinist and his social responsibilities--as a husband, climate advocate, and community leader. His generation has faced devastating grief in the mountains, and his cohort has witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change in the form of disappearing glaciers and increasingly erratic weather. Zimmerman writes of the exhilaration he feels while climbing but also the painful realization that summiting at all costs is an outdated model. As A Fine Line traces Graham's journey, mountain lovers everywhere will see themselves in this coming-of-age story of adventure and personal reckoning.

"A Fine Line reveals the realities of climbing and highlights an intentional approach to reaching the tallest pinnacles and living a balanced, meaningful life." -- Wendy Hinman, Foreword Reviews

As a professional climber, Graham Zimmerman is one of the most acclaimed alpinists of his generation. After graduating from Otago University in 2007 with a degree in geography, he focused on alpinism, a pursuit that has taken him on expeditions to Alaska, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and all over the lower 48 and Canada. His awards include the 2020 Piolet d'Or, 2016 Cutting Edge Award for Excellence in Alpine Climbing, 2014 Piolet d'Or Top 5 Finalist, and 2010 New Zealand Alpinist of the Year. Dedicated to using his platform for good, he holds leadership roles in a range of nonprofits and outdoor companies, including the American Alpine Club and Protect Our Winters. He lives in Oregon with his wife, Shannon, and their dog, Pebble.

Ken Etzel is an ecologist, a photographer and filmmaker whose visual art tells stories of human powered adventure in the mountains and grassroots environmental conservation at the community level. As a biologist he studied the migratory world of birds, and currently he's landed in the unique Skagit Valley where he resides with his partner Eugénie and their two dogs.

The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham's prestigious Mayor's Arts Award, is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour includes guest authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, and episodes of "As the Ham Turns" serial radio comedy performed by the Chuckanut Radio Players Les Campbell, Tonja Meyers, Lisa Colburn, Dee Robinson, and Robert Muzzy. Not to mention groaner jokes by hosts Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included, Tom Robbins, Maria Semple, Christopher McDougall, Erica Bauermeister, and Garrison Keillor, among many others. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available on Eventbrite.The Radio Hour airs Sundays at 7pm on Community Powered KMRE at 88.3FM and Co-sponsored by 12th Street Shoes.

*Online registration closes two hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at the door.

A Fine Line: Searching for Balance Among Mountains By Graham Zimmerman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680515909
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mountaineers Books - September 20th, 2023