Join us 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28 at the Ouray Community Center for a Chicks Climbing auction and slideshow by ski mountaineering extraordinaire Hilaree O’Neill.
The $5 entrance fee for the event gets you free beer, a seat at the slideshow as Hilaree takes you around the world on skis, and a piece of the action at the Chicks Climbing auction to raise money for local women’s shelters and the Ouray Ice Park.
The World on Skis
Come travel the world with Hilaree O’Neill as she takes you from north of the Arctic circle, to the mountains of Mongolia, and south to the penguins and crazy seas of the Isle of South Georgia. Join her on her exploration of the corners of the earth on skis. These wild adventures include many first ascents and descents in uncharted regions of the globe. Enjoy the many beautiful photos Hilaree has captured along with great stories of wild animals, culinary disasters and mountain enchantment.
She has been named by Outside Magazine as one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports. She’s skied from the Himalayan summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet and climbed and skied several high peaks in Bolivia and Argentina. Elsewhere, she’s cut turns on remote volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, in Mongolia, Pakistan, Lebanon, as well as many first descents in the tight couloirs of Baffin Island.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Hilaree began skiing at age 3 at Steven’s Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Eventually she moved to the Chamonix Valley of France where she learned most of what she needed to know in order to take her skiing skills to the next level. In addition to her travels as an athlete for The North Face, she spent several years guiding for a heli-skiing outfit in Valdez, Alaska. Hilaree now calls Telluride, Colorado her home. As a mother to two young boys, Hilaree’s life has changed rather dramatically, yet her passion for the mountains has not abated. She continues to work as a guide for the local heli-skiing outfit – Helitrax and continues to travel and do ski mountaineering.
We’ve got another slideshow on Jan. 31 that features Danika Gilbert – who will get her own blog post as well