Our Lifetimes of Adventure, Challenge and Surprise in the High Mountains of the World

Saturday, January 26
5:30 to 7 p.m.
The Conference Center, Musser Auditorium, Penn State Great Valley

Share an evening with three adventurers who have summitted Mt. Everest, trekked, and climbed around the world while photographing the beauty along the way: 

  • David Breashears, an accomplished filmmaker (co-directed and produced the first IMAX film shot on Mt. Everest) explorer, author and mountaineer
  • Wally Berg, founder of Berg International, a world-class guide, educator and expedition leader
  • Mingmar Dorji Sherpa, climbing Sherpa for Peak Promotion Nepal and a mountaineering and journalist reporter for Nepal television

David Breashears is an accomplished filmmaker, adventurer, author, mountaineer, and professional speaker. Since 1978, he has combined his skills in climbing and filmmaking to complete more than forty film projects. A sampling of his film credits include: Producer and Director of NBC Universal’s critically acclaimed feature length documentary Storm Over Everest about the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy (broadcasted on PBS’ FRONTLINE in spring 2008); Producer, Director and Director of Photography for the IMAX film Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa (2001); Co-producer, Co-Director and Director of Photography for Everest: The Death Zone (1997); Director of Photography for Seven Years In Tibet (1996); Co-Producer, Co-Director, Director of Photography, and Expedition Leader for the IMAX film EVEREST (1996); Director of Photography and Field Producer for Mystery of the Inca Mummy (1995), a National Geographic Explorer film shot in Peru; Director of Photography and Co-Producer of Red Flag Over Tibet (1994), a FRONTLINE, WGBH-TV program shot in Tibet, India and Nepal; and Cliffhanger (1993), a feature film starring Sylvester Stallone, for which he was a cameraman, climbing consultant and advisor.

In 1983, Breashears transmitted the first live television pictures from the summit of Mount Everest, and in 1985 became the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice. 

Wally Berg, founder and president of Berg Adventures, is one of the most respected guides in the mountaineering community. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Wally dedicates himself to the educational and life-enriching values of mountain adventure. He is committed to building life-long personal and professional relationships within the diverse cultures in which he works on every continent. 

Defined by his peers as “one of the world’s premier mountaineers,” Wally is a member of a small, elite group of high-altitude climbers. He has summited Everest four times. Wally and climbing partner Scott Fischer were the first Americans to reach the top of Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest peak.

 During the 1990’s, Wally became the foremost “Seven Summits” guide, making it possible for many climbers to ascend the highest peak on each of the seven continents. A constant trademark of Wally’s expeditions is that every journey is undertaken with humility to the landscape and respect for local cultures.  Among the local Sherpas, he became known as “the quiet American.”

 Wally guided the International Everest Expedition in 1992 and the American Everest “GPS” Expedition in 1998. On the later he installed a baseplate for a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver at Bishop’s Rock, just 40 feet below the summit of Everest, and activated a Trimble 4800 receiver to capture geographic data from the highest fixed point on the planet.

 Wally’s dramatic photographs has been published in prestigious media such as National Geographic Magazine, Time Magazine Online, Wired Magazine, Mountainzone.com, Prentice Hall Publishing, US Naval Academy/Pearson Custom Publishing, Professional Surveyor Magazine, and in national magazine print ad campaigns.

Mingmar Dorji Sherpa is a climbing sherpa for Peak Promotion Nepal Mountaineering and a Journalist/Reporter for Nepal Television (NTV). He has summited Mt. Everest four times (2004, 2007, 2008 & 2012).