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An Evening With Mountaineer Florian Hill

By Posted in - General News on June 27th, 2014 Florian Hill

Florian Hill Presents at Outdoor Rise, June 2014

This has been a busy month for the outdoor community here in New York City. With two multi-day festivals, a huge slacklining competition and music events like the Governors Ball, New Yorkers have had their pick of events both big and small this June.

One that I particularly enjoyed was a presentation by professional mountaineer Florian Hill, a european climber of Austrian and German descent who’s been tackling tough new routes in South America and deep inside Alaska’s rugged hinterland. Presented during Outdoor Rise, a festival organized by the not-for-profit Discover Outdoors Foundation, Florian’s talk brought to life the challenges and emotional triumphs of mountaineering in the world’s most dangerous ranges.

Interspersed with stunning photos and videography, Florian provided an engaging evening that was as authentic as it was inspirational. Balancing the needs of a diverse audience whose backgrounds ranged from experienced mountaineers to day-trading investors, Florian presented his experience and background with clarity, voice, and a humbleness that’s rare in an increasingly commercial world of climbing. What I found particularly impressive was Florian’s ability to engage his audience with nuanced descriptions of his ascents, while having the wherewithal to define terms and techniques when necessary.

Though I don’t see myself ascending any 8,000 meter peaks in the near future, Florian’s message stuck with me—when you pursue life with passion, resolve, and honesty anything is possible.

Photo Courtesy: Florian Hill



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