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World-Renowned Adventurer to Visit SUNY Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, NY (February 8, 2008) -- Henry Barber, named by Climbing Magazine as one of the "10 stars of American climbing," will give two presentations during a trip to SUNY Plattsburgh.

  • "Lessons from the Edge: Climbing and Doing Business in the Global Economy," will be held on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The second lecture, "Journey to the Soul: An International Perspective on Climbing History, Ethics, and Style," will take place on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Both lectures will be located in Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall located on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus at the corner of Brinkerhoff and Cornelia Streets.

Barber's presentations include slide shows and are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Expeditionary Studies; the School of Business

and Economics; and College Auxiliary Services. For more information, email [email protected] .

Barber, a resident of North Conway, N.H., is credited with pushing the sport of rock climbing to an entirely new level during the height of his career in the mid-1970s. Barber is considered by many as one of the first professional rock climbers and a founding father of the sport. He was one of the first climbers to work as a "gear rep" for outdoor companies like Patagonia and had a knack for utilizing the media to gain attention to his efforts and that of the sport in general.

Barber is best known for advocating "clean climbing," using as few tools and devices as possible. Barber preferred solo ascents and gained significant attention in 1976 for his solo, two and a half hour ascent of Sentinel Rock in Yosemite National Park via the Steck-Salathe route. This achievement raised his profile in the world of outdoor adventurers and the public at large. In all, Barber has climbed in over 30 countries, with many solo first ascents and other records to his name.

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