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Irion Books goes to New York

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Irion Books LLC is off to New York for the 31st Annual American Alpine Club Gala. The American Alpine Club (AAC) will be celebrating the Silver 25th Anniversary of Dick Bass completing the Seven Summits. Bass completed the Seven Summits on April 30, 1985. The adventure to him three years and three attempts on Everest. The Seven Summits include the highest points on all seven continents. The AAC is a community of climbers who have banded together to support the climbing and protect climbing places. Charles G. Irion will be celebrated as a new member of the American Alpine Club and as the co-author of the Summit Murder Mystery Series. The video below will also be presented at the gala.

Summit Author Charles G. Irion Supports Project Artemis

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I had the pleasure of meeting and dining with 20 Afghan businesswomen at Tuesday's Project Artemis dinner. The event was hosted by my alma mater Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Here I'm pictured in the center with the camera - (left to right) is my wife Rose Marie Irion; businesswoman Nasrin Nuristani, a 2010 Project Artemis fellow; and Michael Cottrell, President Thunderbird Phoenix Alumni Chapter.
This month, Thunderbird School of Global Management hosted 20 businesswomen from Afghanistan as participants in its fourth annual Project Artemis program, an intensive entrepreneurship skills course.
Project Artemis provides women with business training, coaching, mentoring and access to resources to become self-sustaining citizens in their homeland, create opportunities for employment and help rebuild Afghanistan through small business. You can see more photos of the event by clicking here: Project Artemis Photos
You can also learn more about businesswoman Nasrin Nuristan…

"We Remember" the US Troops

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Irion Books LLC is participating as a sponsor at the first annual "Remember the Night" event hosted by Project We Remember. On Saturday October 23rd nearly 200 patriotic guests will be in attendance and together they will remember the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting the United States of America.

Project We Remember is an organization founded to help those who have served in the United States military. Their purpose is to raise funds for individuals and non-profits who provide support for those in the military and their families.

Along side the other guests Irion Books LLC. will enjoy music courtesy of the 108th Army Band from the 253rd Engineer Battalion and the keynote speaker Kevin Cherilla, philanthropist and mountain guide. Cherilla has been to the summit of Mount Everest and has led 10 teams to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. He recently returned from a climbing trip to Nepal with 16 veteran soldiers.

Record Setting Climb for Mount Everest

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Currently, the record for the most Mount Everest climbs is 20 and it is held by a Sherpa by the name of Apa. Apa completed his 20th climb on Mount Everest on an expedition called the Eco Everest Expedition of 2010. The expedition was in tribute to the world famous climber Edmund Hillary and as an environmental effort to help clean up the trash that has been abandoned along the mountain's trails.

Apa collected 15,400 pounds of garbage while climbing to the summit of Mount Everest. The garbage was taken down the mountain by porters. At the summit Apa had originally planned to disperse the ashes of Hillary, the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Buddhist lamas warned that scattering the ashes would bring bad luck. Therefore, the ashes of Hillary will stay at a monastery near the base of Mount Everest. In an effort to show respect for Hillary, Apa prayed for him at the summit of Mount Everest.

Apa first climbed the 29,035-foot mountain in 1989 and has repeated t…

Soldiers to Summit: A Himalayan Experience

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An exciting expedition is taking place in the Everest Region and began on October 2nd! Soldiers to Summit: A Himalayan Experience consists of a team of 11 retired disabled U.S. soldiers, 10 Mount Everest climbers and two summits. These soldiers will struggle together to reach their objective of reaching both summits.

The soldiers attempting to complete the expedition include: Steve Baskis, Chad Butrick, Ashley Crandall, Aaron Isaacson, Chad Jukes, Cody Miranda, Nicolette Maroulis, Justin Moore, Matt Nyman, Katherine Ragazzino and Dan Sidles. These men and women have served the United States military and have been given honorary discharged due to various ailments. Nicolette Maroulis spent three years in a wheel chair, but through multiple surgeries she has relearned to walk. Steve Baskis is blind and little motor skills in his left hand.

Mount Lobuche and Mount Kala Pattar are in the Everest Region. The trail to the summit of Lobuche is steep and technically challenging as it is c…

Summit Murder Mystery Series Book Signing a Success

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The authors of the Summit Murder Mystery Seris met many new and current fans at El Chorro Lodge on September 18th. This was the first time both authors, Charles G. Irion and Ronald J. Watkins, were presented together in the United States. This was also the first ever book signing at the world famous El Chorro Lodge. Fans of the Summit Murder Mystery Series were able to meet the authors and discuss plotlines and characters.

Interestingly, the attendees of the book signing stayed at El Charro Lodge to discuss the books amongst themselves, chatting about favorite characters and upcoming novels in the series. The event was a success for the Summit Murder Mystery Series and Irion Books is looking forward to similar future events.