An evening of Peak Experiences


Sometimes we listen to the tales of others for inspiration, sometimes for same flat-out vicarious living.

Thursday evening, you’ll get both at Peak Panel: a Night of Stories at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. Four North Carolina climbers will share their individual stories of conquering four of the world’s most captivating peaks: Everest, Denali, Rainier and Patagonia.

On the panel are:


Chip Popoviciu – On May 22, 2008, at 4:40 a.m., Ciprian Popoviciu od Raleigh summited Mount Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29,029 feet. Chip got the idea to climb Everest growing up in Transylvania (the Eastern European country not the North Carolina county) — so when he grew up, he did it. Chip was kind enough to share his story with us prior to a previous appearance with Great Outdoor, in May 2009. You can read that interview here.

John Wade – John Wade was always into something: boxing, karate, mixed martial arts. Then he met his eventual wife, Anne, who was into cycling and running. “Wouldn’t it be nice to have something we could do together?” they thought. So they set out to climb 14,411-foot Mount Rainier, the highest point in the continental U.S. Read more about their story, here.

John and Anne

Matthew Miller – Matthew came onto Great Outdoor Provision’s radar last year as he planned his training for Alaska’s 20,310-foot Denali and shared that adventure with mountaineering folks in the effort to promote a greater awareness of the sport among the outdoor community in North Carolina.

Reese Wells – In 2015, the Winston-Salem resident rode his bike 9,000 miles, from Key West, Fla., to Deadhorse, Ala’t ska, in a ride called Keys to Freeze. He decided to follow that adventure up with Greater Patagonia, a 1,500-mile adventure in the Patagonian wilderness. Learn more about Reese and his adventures, here.

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What: Peak Panel: a Night of Stories, featuring North Carolina explorers Chip Popoviciu, John Wade, Matthew Miller and Reese Wells.

When: Thursday, Feb. 16, 9 p.m.

Where: Great Outdoor Provision Co., 2017 Cameron St. (Cameron Village Shopping Center), Raleigh

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