My Account ( - ) Cart ($) Log Out My Account Cart ($)

National Geographic Live: Improbable Ascent • Sat Apr 29 2023

Sat 29 Apr 2023 12:00:00 AM PDT Wed 31 Dec 1969 04:00:00 PM PST
National Geographic Live: Improbable Ascent
29
April 2023
Clock Icon 7:00PM
Full Price
P1 50.00
P2 40.00
P3 35.00
P4 30.00

Maureen Beck loves to prove people wrong. Born with one hand, she tried rock climbing for the first time after a camp counselor told her she could skip it. Her love of the sport was instantaneous, but there was no guide for climbing with one hand. Unfazed, she decided to figure it out for herself through trial and error – one of her early adaptive climbing innovations even involved taping a metal ladle to her arm. Before long she was leading a crew of passionate adaptive climbers around the world, forging a path for a new generation.

After tackling some of the hardest climbs by a one-handed athlete and securing two world paraclimbing championships, Beck yearned to push still further outside of her comfort zone. So when legendary adaptive climber Jim Ewing asked her to join his attempt to make the first adaptive ascent of one of North America’s classic, most wild towers – the Lotus Flower Tower in Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbables – she didn’t hesitate. On their month-long expedition they dealt with rough weather, sudden illness, and a food shortage, yet Beck found herself growing addicted again to the thrills and challenges of the sport.

With her trademark humor and wit, this 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year will share how a little creativity and a whole lot of grit and determination have propelled her to the top of her field.

Also available:
Student Q&A Tickets


This event is part of The Mendel Center’s Discovery Series and is funded locally in part by the Gast Young People’s Performance Endowment.

Please make the right choice and stay home if you are not feeling well.

Join our mailing list

Box Office
Call (269) 927-8700

for more information

The Mendel Center
1100 Yore Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Links
Lake Michigan College
LMC Visual and Performing Arts
Privacy Statement
Employment