National Geographic Live: Point of No Return
Named “one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports,” North Face athlete Hilaree O’Neill tells the story of her harrowing ascent to the summit of Hkakabo Razi, an unexplored mountain in Myanmar. Her presentation—the second in Kleinhans Music Hall’s National Geographic Live series—will be accompanied by stunning photographs, plus clips from the documentary film about the climb, Down to Nothing. As the recipient of a National Geographic Explorers grant, O’Neill led a team of alpinists, photographers, and filmmakers to attempt a first ascent of Hkakabo Razi in northern Myanmar in 2014. The film about their adventure and well-publicized feuding won the Best Cinematography Award at the Telluride Mountainfilm festival in 2015. O’Neill attempted another Himalayan giant, Makalu, which was named by Outside as one of the “most badass adventures of 2015.” In 2017, she was named one of the 25 most adventurous women of the last 25 years by Men’s Journal. Catch O’Neill as she describes her remarkable story on Tuesday, February 20, at Kleinhans.