Episode 9: Conrad Anker

Legendary mountaineer on a lifetime of climbing and remembering Galen Rowell

“Probably the most connected I feel to a human is when we’re on a mountain together doing our climb”

As one of the most prolific explorers and mountaineers, Conrad Anker has summited Mount Everest three times. In 1999, Anker discovered the body of George Mallory, one of the two British climbers who died attempting to climb Everest in 1924, helping to shed more light on one of mountaineering’s most famous mysteries. He has made many notable first ascents, from Alaska, through the Himalayas, to Antarctica, not only choosing the highest peaks but the most difficult ones. 

In this conversation, Conrad shares how climbing helps him feel more connected to other people through cooperation and sharing the same goals. He looks back on some of his most significant climbs including the Kichatna Spire in 1987 and discovering George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest in 1999, explaining how this was a humbling experience for him. Together, Conrad and Richard remember photographer Galen Rowell, and Conrad shares some of his favourite memories. Finally, he touches upon the dangers of climbing and expresses the importance of having different experiences, as it is those moments that make life sweet.

To find out more about Conrad visit www.conradanker.com

Created & produced by: Podcast Partners
Published: Jun 17, 2022

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