As I reported in an earlier post, legendary pioneer Bradford Washburn is sadly no longer with us, having passed away on January 10, 2007. His legacy, however, will live on, and not only at the Boston Museum of Science, but also here in Golden, Colorado.
Construction has begun on the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, housed in the American Mountaineering Center. When finished, it will be a fabulous museum featuring exhibits detailing the history of mountaineering and the peoples and landscapes the sport has touched. As the museum's blog states:
Through historical artifacts, visual and tactile experiences, and multimedia exhibits, the museum will inspire and educate the visitor about mountaineering, how and why mountaineers climb, and the mountains themselves. Portions of the exhibit will be devoted to international themes such as mountain cultures and sacred mountains, regional themes like Colorado's climbing history and the 10th Mountain Division, and global concepts like conservation and safety in mountain environments. The museum will also serve to honor the accomplishments of both its namesake, Bradford Washburn, and the many American mountaineers who followed in his pioneering footsteps.
I was recently honored when the museum director, Niña Johnson, asked me to be a member of the Advisory Council for the new museum. It is a wonderful honor, and will be a fun challenge to help shape the museum in the future.