WALLA WALLA -- A world-renowned mountain climber will give a free lecture Thursday at Walla Walla Community College.
Dan Mazur will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences & Performing Arts auditorium; his lecture is being coordinated by the college's TRiO program.
Mazur is an internationally known mountain climber best known for leading Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea" expedition to K2. Mortenson's attempt to reach the K2 summit in 1993 led him to establish schools for impoverished children in Pakistan, where K2 is located, and surrounding regions.
Mazur is also recognized for leading the rescue of Lincoln Hall, of Australia, who had been left for dead just below the summit of Mount Everest in 2006.
Mazur and his expedition team abandoned their own attempt at the summit to save Hall. The heroic rescue went on to receive international media attention. Along with Mount Everest, Mazur has also climbed six of the world's tallest peaks, and led expeditions more than 15 times to the summits.