The American Mountaineering Museum is Denver and the Nation’s place to go for mountaineering. This Colorado mountaineering museum is relatively new as it opened February 2008 and inspired by Henry Bradford Washburn. Washburn was born June 7, 1910 and his passion for climbing began when he was 11 and climbed Mt. Washington. Today, American Mountaineering Museum is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to mountaineering.
An exciting place for climbers and non-climbers, Colorado’s American Mountaineering Museum features artifacts from early Colorado mountaineers, information about mountains, rock climbing and achievements of mountaineers from all around the world. See the famous ice axe that saved five men climbing K2 from falling to their dooms while trying to descend and save their sick friend from dying in a storm. There is also the first oxygen tank used as a systematic aid in the ascent of a mountain.
Many Colorado visitors enjoy seeing the cultural pieces from Nepal, the interactive displays and learning about Colorado’s Fourteeners in the Rockies. It is also a fun and educational visit for fans of Discovery Channel’s “Beyond Everest” or Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air.
The American Mountaineering Museum is located at:
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401
For more information visit http://www.mountaineeringmuseum.org