Dean to speak on Hudson Stuck at Friends of the Library

  • on 22 Apr 2013
  • Convocation Hall
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Patrick Dean will speak about the 100th anniversary of Hudson Stuck’s ascent of Denali at the Friends of the Library meeting April 22. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Sewanee Outing Program; SOP Director John Benson will talk about the art and skill of mountain climbing, including a demonstration of ice-climbing equipment. 

The Hudson Stuck lecture is part of Sewanee’s campus-wide celebration of Earth Week and falls on the day the Episcopal Church has set aside as a Feast Day to honor Hudson Stuck and John Muir, both early advocates for the environment. In 1913 Stuck, a missionary in Alaska, led the first successful ascent of Mount McKinley, at 20,320 feet the highest point on the American continent. He attended seminary at Sewanee’s School of Theology and became the archdeacon of the Yukon. An admirer of Native Indian culture, Stuck traveled Alaska's difficult terrain to preach to villagers and to establish schools. Stuck referred to the mountain by its Athabaskan Indian name, Denali, meaning "The High One."

Patrick Dean is a freelance writer, social-media creator, climber, backpacker, caver, and cyclist. Dean has an M.A. in theology from Sewanee's School of Theology.

A reception will follow the lecture, and the Friends of the Library will have Hudson Stuck t-shirts for sale for $20 each.