Come celebrate the unity of the New England outdoor community. There will be a packed silent auction and raffle with contributions from top brands in the climbing, skiing, hiking, and trail running industries - the proceeds from which will go to benefit Emmett Lyman, a local climber who was recently injured in Alaska. Legendary local climber, Jim Ewing, will give a talk on his development as a climber and his re-entry into the climbing world after the amputation of his left leg. Drinks will be provided to those with a valid ID and pizza from Flatbread will be served. A suggested minimum donation of $10 to Emmett's recovery at the door will enter each attendee into a raffle to win an Arc'teryx jacket.
7 pm - doors will open, silent auction goes live
8 pm - Jim's talk will begin
9 pm - final bids will be asked for on the auction
9:30 pm - the auction sheets are collected and bidders may pay and collect their prizes.
- the winners of the door raffle will be drawn and announced
10 pm - the event wraps up
More about presenter:
Jim Ewing is a local hardman, known for having pushed the envelope of technical ice and rock climbing all over the world for the last few decades. He was hurt in a climbing accident in the Caymans in 2015 and, after many surgeries, decided to have his left leg amputated. Working with his long-time friend, Hugh Herr, he was the first to recieve an innovative new surgery, which has been given his name, and has since begun using bionic limbs for walking, hiking, and climbing. He will be giving a talk about that progression and his recent trip to the Cirque of the Unclimbables to attempt the first adaptive ascent of the Lotus Flower.
More about Emmett:
While attempting the first ascent of an unclimbed peak in Alaska earlier this year, Emmett sustained a traumatic brain injury and fracture of his C6 and C7 vertebrae, causing damage to his spinal cord at the C5 level. Defying all odds, he survived his injuries with a remarkably positive attitude--no surprise to those who know him. Emmett is paralyzed below the neck with some use of his arms and wrists and is working hard to regain and maximize mobility. While he has great health and rescue insurance, the out-of-pocket expenses for ongoing rehab and daily living with high spinal cord mobility impairment are extremely high. As recipients of his kindness and help for years, many of his friends are organizing this fundraiser to begin trying to pay him back for his years of generosity.
More about the silent auction:
The total value of the items in the raffle has already exceeded $5000 and we are still early in the process of collecting donations. Brands like Arc'teryx, Adidas, Five Ten, Julbo, MSR, Thermarest, Rock and Snow, Metrorock Climbing Centers, Brooklyn Boulders, Petzl, Black Diamond, and Adventure Medical Kits have all made contributions and we anticipate many more stepping up to show their support for the New England outdoor community.