Gerry Roach, author of numerous climbing, hiking and outdoor adventure books, will discuss his recent climb of Mount Ararat and his journey through the Middle East during the Colorado State University Bookstore’s sixth annual Faculty, Staff and Friends Appreciation Night on Dec. 4.
Roach’s presentation, free and open to the public, begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Colorado State University Bookstore in the Lory Student Center on campus and will be followed by a book-signing and questions.
In addition to Roach’s presentation, the Colorado State University Bookstore will offer storewide discounts, refreshments, games, door prizes and more. Activities run from 4-6 p.m.
During his presentation, Roach will describe his trip to Mount Ararat in Turkey. According to Roach, "The show touches on the amazing cultural sights in Istanbul, then shifts to far Eastern Turkey for the ascent of Ararat. This is a fascinating part of the world, surrounded by Armenia to the north, Iran to the east, and – such as it is – Kurdistan to the south."
In the past 20 years, Roach has climbed the highest peak on each of the seven continents, including Mount Everest. His expeditions also include 15 Alaskan expeditions, 10 Andean expeditions, seven Himalayan expeditions and hundreds of climbs throughout the United States.
"Appreciation Night is our way of thanking the faculty and staff of Colorado State University," said John Parry, director of the bookstore. "They make the university the outstanding institution that it is."
First National Bank, STA Travel, Taco John’s, the Lory Student Center Food Court and other student center partners also will be participating in the event.
"Our partners in the Lory Student Center are excited to show their support to the faculty and staff of CSU," Parry said. "They have donated many great prizes and will be offering free products or samples."
For more information, contact Bo Bandy at (970) 491-2081.