The Snowbird Renaissance Center’s annual Summit Gala will feature the oldest and one of the youngest Seven Summits mountaineers – Snowbird founder Dick Bass, age 81, and John Collinson, age 18 – at the Cliff Lodge on Wednesday, Dec. 29. The event features a five-course meal, tales of adventure and an auction to benefit the Snowbird Renaissance Center, Wasatch Adaptive Sports, Snowbird Sports Education Foundation and the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.
Dick Bass became the first person to climb all Seven Summits (the highest peak on each continent) in 1985, inspiring countless other mountaineers in the wake of his historic feat. Bass will share stories from his inaugural summits as well as other tales of high-adventure as a lifelong lover of the mountains.
Joining Bass is John Collinson, who last year set the record as the youngest American to achieve the Seven Summits feat at the age of 17 (a mark which has since been eclipsed). Collinson will speak about his explorations as well as how his upbringing at Snowbird helped prepare him to tackle the world’s biggest mountains.
In addition to the presenters, the Summit Gala will include a five-course meal highlighted by filet mignon, and an auction featuring a Ruby Mountain heli-ski trip along with a three-day destination package to the Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa in Jackson Hole and many other outdoor items.
The Summit Gala will take place on Dec. 29 at the Cliff Lodge Ballroom starting with hors d’oeuvres service at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 on the Snowbird Renaissance Center’s website at www.snowbirdrc.org