Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort will host a four-day 1989 Mountain Summit in January, with the world's top adventurers attending, an organizer says.
The purpose is to discuss explorers' personal rights and responsibilities in the "White Wilderness." Dick Bass, owner of resort in the Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake City and the first person to climb the world's seven summits, will be part of a discussion panel responding to a lecture by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel on the threats to the White Wilderness.McConnell said other mountain adventurers will include the first American and Canadian women to climb Mt. Everest, as well as Japan's Yuichiro Miura who skied down the mountain.
The group plans to establish a special fund with money from resort operators, equipment manufacturers and other outdoor organizations to pay for the preservation and clean-up of White Wilderness areas.