Jonathan Waterman, the world’s foremost Denali expert and author, will share the fantastical exploits of four miners who claimed to carry a 25-pound, 14-foot flagpole up the roof of the continent while using sheet metal crampons, coal shovels, hatchets and pike poles. Was the expedition a success or a hoax? Long inspired by these so-called “Sourdoughs,” Waterman chases after both the truth and what the mountain has meant to his own life. Join us as Jon Waterman unravels the mystery in a presentation about these unlikely climbers that blends adventure and history and brings the story to life. A book signing will follow the program.
Author of 14 books, including “Running Dry” and “Arctic Crossing,” Jon Waterman started shooting photographs on his expeditions four decades ago but is principally known as a writer. He has made films for television, including “The Logan Challenge” (PBS, 1991), “Surviving Denali” (ESPN, 1994), “Odyssey Among the Inuit” (OLN, 2000), ANWR Trek (PBS 2007), and “Chasing Water” (Pete McBride films, 2011). He often works for the National Geographic Society, whose grants have funded his conservation research and journeys down the Colorado River and to the Arctic.