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Author to make presentation at library

By Meg Wempe
Special to The PREVIEW

Do you consider yourself an adventurer?

Enjoy hearing about other people’s explorations?

Are you interested in Alaska?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the Ruby Sisson Library has a special event on May 16 at 6 p.m. that you’ll want to be sure not to miss.

Jim Hale, author of “An Alaskan Life of High Adventure,” will be at the library to share his stories about a unique Denali expedition.  Imagine hang gliding at over 20,000 feet.

Hear firsthand accounts from the expedition’s co-leader.  Learn what happened when he and other people tried launching from North America’s highest peak.  Hale will present a slideshow of his Denali hang gliding expedition, and answer questions from the audience.

Born in Alaska, Hale did a lot of exploration, both in climbing and guiding people to the top of Denali.  According to a radio interview, he saw it as, “a natural thing” to continue with exploring.  Having lived in Alaska for many years, including when it was a territory and not yet a state, he can share how he has seen Alaska change.  Come hear some of his tales of Alaskan adventures, including miraculous escapes.

What kind of special preparation was planned for Denali?  Was the hang gliding adventure a success?  Has it been attempted since?  Find out the answer to these questions —  and more — on May 16.

Books will be available for purchase, along with author signing.

Registration is not required.

If you have questions, call the library at 264-2209.

This story was posted on May 9, 2013.