World explorer Robert Mads Anderson is coming to Wilton Library, Tuesday, March 11, to talk about being a mountaineer, author, advertising guru, motivational speaker and, of course, an explorer.
Mr. Anderson, who lives in Wilton, will be interviewed by international documentary photographer and Wiltonian Daryl Hawk.
Mr. Hawk said he met Mr. Anderson through the Explorers Club, of which both are members.
“We have both given presentations at the club,” said Mr. Hawk, who has been a member for 16 years.
“I approached Mr. Anderson about a month ago at the Explorers Club and asked if I could interview him for the event at the library, and he agreed.”
Mr. Hawk said his goal during the interview is to tell Mr. Anderson’s story.
“My objective is to paint a picture of who he is and what he’s doing,” said Mr. Hawk.
Mr. Hawk said he plans to ask Mr. Anderson about his most memorable climbs over the past 25 years, including his climb to the top of Mount Everest.
Mr. Anderson led the first and only successful ascent on Mount Everest’s Kangshung Face, completed without oxygen or Sherpa support.
“Mr. Anderson was one of the first people to solo ascend the world’s seven summits,” said Mr. Hawk, adding he will also ask Mr. Anderson about that.
Mr. Hawk said he will also ask Mr. Anderson what skills and personality traits he thinks are needed to be a great mountaineer.
During the event, Mr. Anderson will tell the tale of his experience in Antarctica last year, in which he was in an avalanche, ascended an unclimbed peak and made a rapid ascent to the top of the continent.
Mr. Hawk said aside from his world exploring, Mr. Anderson also has a successful advertising career.
“I want to ask him how he manages to balance everything — his career, his family and mountain climbing — because not many explorers I know are able to,” said Mr. Hawk. “He is an extraordinary man.”
The hour-and-a-half event starts at 7 p.m. and is free, but registration is recommended.
Information and registration: wiltonlibrary.org.