Alison Gannett - The Core, to be aired RUSH HD (1 Viewer)

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Alison Gannett is a professional skier from Crested Butte, Colorado. She has earned many world titles including: 2001 Woman FreeSkier of the Year Nominee, 2000 Gravity Games Bronze Medalist, 2000 Women’s Film Segment of the Year, 1999 Woman Freeskier of the Year, 1998 World Cup Free Skiing Champion, 1996 South American Champion, 1997 Japanese Champion, and 1996 Triple Crown Champion. She is one of the few women featured in many ski films by Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions including: Uprising, Ski Movie, Sick Sense, Harvest, No Mans Land and Empress. Her real passion is traveling the world, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and trying to make a difference in peoples lives. She has organized several ski expeditions: an all-women’s first descent of the NW face of Hanuman Tibba (5980m), India, in 2001; and the first-ever ski expedition to Bhutan in 2002. She has written many stories on her adventures in several magazines, including two big features in Skiing Magazine, and articles for Hooked on the Outdoors, Fall Line, Couloir, Dandelion, and Backcountry Magazines. Her first film “Betties in Bhutan” has been selected for 2003 Telluride Mountain Film and Crested Butte Reel Festivals. FOX, OLN and RSN all have featured TV shows on the Bhutan Adventure and she is working on a project with National Geographic Explorer. She will be traveling with her slide show on India, Bhutan film, and her latest film on “Hula Hooping Southern Africa”, in many venues including REI stores, Patagonia stores, and trade shows. She will also be the keynote speaker and showing her films at National Geographic Auditorium in Washington, DC on December 3rd, 2003.

Her next series of expeditions is to retrace and ski the famous first ascents of women in the 1900’s: Marie Paradis’s 1808 ascent of Mont Blanc in France, Fannie Peck Smith’s 1908 technical ascent of Huascaran Norte (23,841ft) in Peru, Dora Keen’s 1911 technical ascent of Mt. Blackburn (16,140ft) in Alaska; Fanny Bullock-Workman’s 1899-1906 ascents of 19,450-foot Mount Bullock Workman, 21,000-foot Mount Koser Gunge, Mount Lungma at 22,500 feet, all in what is now Pakistan and 23,300 feet on Pinnacle Peak in India. Monica Jackson and Elizabeth Stark’s First Women’s Himalayan Expedition in Nepal in 1957, including first ascents of Gyalgen Peak at approximately 22,000 ft. As part of the expeditions, Alison and her expedition mates will be working on leadership training and rural economic development. They will teach local indigenous women to climb and develop marketing strategies in the US to help market goods from local women’s cooperatives in each country.

An accomplished mountain bike racer on the side, Alison has won two 24 Hour Solo races. Alison also runs and teaches a wide variety of women’s camps for biking and skiing. She teaches mtn biking, backcountry skiing, Avalanche Certification Courses, Alpine and Telemark Skiing, Mountaineering Courses and Ski Touring courses in Alaska, Canada, the US and India. She also works with Subaru and Head/Tyrolia to offer free ski camps for women, which benefit Breast Cancer. For camp dates and locations check: www.alisongannett.com. She lives by the motos “Well-behaved women rarely make history”, “Dare to Dream, and Dream Big”, and “To Travel is to journey into the center of oneself”. She believes that living with passion and following your essence will bring happiness and success. In her spare time, Alison enjoys designing straw bale homes, planning affordable housing, teaching ethno botany, yoga, surfing, ice climbing, mountain biking, hula-hooping, and laughing with her friends, family and cat, Terra.

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