March talk on Antarctica climbing and cruising

March talk on Antarctica climbing and cruising

The Explorers Club Washington Group’s March event will be a luncheon meeting at noon on Wednesday, March 28 at the headquarters of Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR), 1801 F Street NW, Washington.

Gary J. Kopff MN ’91 will give an illustrated talk on:

  • Cruising across the Drake Passage from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula with zodiac trips to the shore to experience penguins and seals and to visit the U.S. Palmer Station.
  • CLIMBING the highest mountain in the Antarctic (the Vinson Massif) in the Ellsworth Mountains with his friends  the late  international  climbing guides Rob Hall in 1961 and 1996 and Gary Ball in 1953 and 1993.

Kopff is avid mountain climber who has reached the summits of the highest mountains in Africa, Europe, and Antarctica. He and his wife, Judy, have traveled throughout the world to see endangered and threatened species. In addition they volunteer frequently as clowns for various non-profit organizations including for Wounded Warriors and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,  and pediatric units at local hospitals.

The Luncheon costs $40.00 per person, including wine. Reservations must be made before noon Friday, March 23, with Bill Runyon, 1812 19th St. NW, Washington DC 20009, (202) 234 7490

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