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International Mountaineer-Adventurer Jamie Clarke to Speak at Portland State University
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 6:00pm

International mountaineer and adventurer Jamie Clarke will visit Portland State University to discuss his past adventures, the value of passionately living an active lifestyle and the preparation for his fourth climb of Mount Everest, to be undertaken in spring 2010.

Clarke, 41, of Calgary, Alberta, has been taking part in expeditions for more than 20 years, covering the world's highest peaks on all seven continents to the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia, one most desolate deserts in the world. He has authored two books and has been featured in two National Geographic documentaries based on his adventures.

Clarke describes himself as being a person of ordinary abilities who accomplishes extraordinary things as a result of desire, planning and commitment. "I have chosen adventure as my vehicle for inward and outward exploration," Clarke says. "It is my guide to freedom beyond all that holds me back from being the person I want to be. Leading an active life, having passion, self-exploration, teamwork, and setting goals are critical to helping us get through the sometimes mundane planning and preparation that lies behind any true accomplishment."

When: Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 338
Time: 6:00 pm

Clarke's visit to the Portland State University is part of a college speaking tour sponsored by Champion, which has partnered with Clarke to lead an expedition to Mount Everest in spring 2010 using all-new technologically-advanced clothing and gear. Expedition Champion will also create an interactive Everest Web site and online community for people to follow and participate vicariously in the expedition and set their own goal, or Everest, that they would like to accomplish.

The talk is sponsored by Champion athletic apparel and presented by the university's Outdoor Adventure Program.