Lecture by Mount Everest climber Anne Parmenter on February 15, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Mount Everest climber Anne Parmenter will highlight the importance of team work in reaching the summit in a lecture on Monday, February 15, at 7:00pm in the Villard Room. Parmenter's presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer opportunity. The program is free and open to the public. (Please note that this talk was originally scheduled for 10 February.)

A native of the United Kingdom, Parmenter was first exposed to the outdoors with school trips to the Lake District and North Wales. With a degree in physical education, she started taking groups to the mountains after successfully completing the British Mountain Leadership Certification through the British Mountaineer Council.

She started her U.S. coaching career at Connecticut College in 1987‐2000, as head coach for both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams. During this time she successfully completed the National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS) instructor’s course in the Wind Rivers in Wyoming 1990. This rekindled her love for the outdoors. From that point forward she began traveling extensively throughout the world for rock climbing and mountaineering.

Parmenter has climbed Aconcagua in Argentina twice, once as an assistant guide, Denali; Cotopaxi in Chimborazo, Ecuador; Mont Blanc in the French Alps; Ama Dablam in the Himalayas; and two expeditions to Mount Everest the first in 2004, and the second successful try in in 2006. At that time, Sports Illustrated profiled Parmenter and her Everest climb.

She currently is the head field hockey assistant lacrosse coach at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and also works part time at EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) as a rock‐climbing guide. She is a certified top rope site manager through the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association).

This lecture is sponsored by the Vassar Field Hockey and Women's Lacrosse teams.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, February 8, 2010