Phil Powers '83 was recently named executive director of the American Alpine Club.
Powers began climbing in Oklahoma when he was 15 years old. Since then, his achievements have included the first ascent of the Washburn Face of Mount McKinley, the first winter traverse of the Cathedral Group in the Grand Tetons, and a new 23-pitch rock route on Lukpilla Brakk and the first American ascent of Gasherbrum II in Pakistan.
In 1993, he reached the top of K2, the world's second tallest peak. After a long stint as an instructor and Development and Partnerships Director at the National Outdoor Leadership School, he is a partner in the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.