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North Face Speaker Series Presents Cory Richards

Flyer for guest speaker Cory Richards in Breckenridge ColoradoThe North Face and The North Face Breckenridge present BOTH SIDES OF THE LENS

The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that CORY RICHARDS will come to BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO, as part of the 2012 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of eight top athletes from The North Face Team.

Cory Richards will recount his incredible story of climbing in the world’s most extreme conditions to Breckenridge residents on October 13. In Both Sides of the Lens, presented by The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge, Richards will offer an inspirational look at the depths of human endurance and share his amazing journeys.

Most expeditions tackle Himalayan peaks in summer, when weather is best. Even then, success is a long shot. So when Cory Richards and his team set out in winter 2010 to summit Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II, the world’s thirteenth tallest peak, the odds were against them. Blizzards amplified the mountain’s savagery, yet the team summited, and Cory became the first American to make a Himalayan winter ascent. With a resume including Lhotse, another 8,000-meter giant, and other steep Nepalese peaks, Cory became a rising star of Himalayan alpinism. When he traveled to Everest in 2012, as photographer and climber for a highly publicized, ambitious expedition, the pressure was on. A humbling defeat due to illness forced Cory to examine his motivation in a sport that juggles risk and reward.

Hearing Richards’ inspirational story first hand will motivate attendees to strive for their personal bests. The presentation will take place at Breckenridge Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams beginning at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. VIP reception in benefit of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center at The North Face Breckenridge at 322 South Main St. ; 970-453-1613. BOEC’s mission is to provide outdoor experiences for people with disabilities and to train the instructors who work with special populations.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00. VIP reception tickets, which include preferred seating, a meet and greet with CORY RICHARDS, and beer, wine, and light food, are available for $20.00. Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place Sept. 4 through Nov. 15. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit

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