Carlos Carsolio

The Teton Climbers’ Coalition will launch a new winter speakers series featuring three virtual events headlined by climbing greats.

First, Mexican alpinist and motivational speaker Carlos Carsolio will present at 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Carsolio is the fourth person, and first North American, to climb the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters.

The second event, on Feb. 18, will feature Michael Gardner, a second-generation Teton mountain guide who has put up new climbing routes and first ski descents around the world.

The third event is still being developed. The series will stream via Zoom. A 45-minute happy hour will precede each speaker.

Coalition reps said the choice of speakers, especially Carsolio, was made in an effort to highlight Latino members of the climbing community.

“Carsolio’s ascents, made in alpine style without fixed ropes or supplemental oxygen, often solo and via new routes, place him among the greatest alpinists of all time,” Teton Climbers’ Coalition board chair Christian Beckwith said in a release. “One of the TCC’s objectives is to create pathways into the cultural narrative of Teton climbing for our Latino community members. Carlos’ story will serve as an inspiration for our entire community, Latino and Caucasian alike.

Each event is free and open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested. Links will be sent to registrants one to two days before each event. Those interested can find the registration link and information at TetonClimbers.com.

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