Surviving Shivling: A bold ascent and nearly fatal descent in the Himalayas

Chris Warner was the second American to summit the world’s 8,000 meter peaks (Everest, K2, Annapurna, etc). It was his first expedition to the Himalayas, to a peak called Shivling, that gave him the skill and courage he would rely on during his 34-year Himalayan career. Chris and his two friends (including Austin Weiss of Aspen), were climbing in pure alpine style when a series of storms hit the mountain. What followed was an epic battle for survival. This talk will focus on the climb of Shivling (because it was so crazy) and show how it inspired his future climbing.

About the Speaker:

Chris Warner lives in Aspen, Colorado. He’s been an entrepreneur, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, climbing guide, and leadership educator. He and his team built the first national chain of indoor climbing gyms, before selling to a private equity firm. For the last 35 years, he’s been teaching leadership to special and covert ops teams, NFL and NHL coaches, CEOs and Fortune 100 companies. As a certified mountain guide, he led over 200 international expeditions to the Himalaya, Alps, Africa, Andes, and Antarctica.

About Potbelly Perspectives

ACES’ Potbelly Perspectives speaker series features Aspen locals and visitors who share their exciting accounts of world travel and adventure through images and stories. This series provides an opportunity for community-building and story-telling that engages Aspen locals and visitors alike. Hot tea, cold beer, and light snacks will be provided.

Surviving Shivling: A bold ascent and nearly fatal descent in the Himalayas



January 17, 2024 from 6–7pm


Adult, Adults


Hallam Lake