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Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride at Winter Words




20th Anniversary Winter Words Series Continues with National Geographic Storytellers Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride




Aspen, CO (January 25, 2017) –  On February 7th, Aspen Words continues its 20th Anniversary Winter Words series with Kevin Fedarko, a New York Times-bestselling author of The Emerald Mile, and Pete McBride, an award-winning photographer, writer, and filmmaker from Aspen. At Paepcke Auditorium, Fedarko and McBride will discuss the role that storytelling can play in protecting the Grand Canyon, the crown jewel of America’s national parks system, which celebrated its centennial in 2016. 


Together, Fedarko and McBride recently completed a 700+ mile thru-hike along the Grand Canyon’s interior rim, documenting the development challenges threatening the National Park. Their story, with words by Fedarko and photography by McBride, appeared in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic. They will spend much of 2017 sharing their story through various platforms and traveling across the country to increase awareness around conservation issues and the Grand Canyon. 


Fedarko is based in Flagstaff, Arizona and has written for Esquire, National Geographic, the New York Times, and other publications. He served on the Time foreign affairs desk before joining Outside as a senior editor. His first book, The Emerald Mile, takes readers on a historic boat ride down the Colorado River, while documenting the history of the American environmental movement. It won the National Outdoor Book Award and the Reading the West Award, and was a finalist for both the PEN Literary Sports Writing Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award. 


Aspen native Pete McBride is a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and public speaker who has traveled on assignment to over 75 countries. After a decade working abroad and completing a Knight Fellowship for journalism at Stanford University, McBride began documenting the Colorado River, culminating in a book and three award-winning short documentaries. His work has garnered awards from the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the North American Society of Journalists, and he was named a “Freshwater Hero” by the National Geographic Society. 


As part of their Winter Words visit, Fedarko and McBride will speak at Aspen Middle and High School assemblies on February 8th. 


Until listed as “Sold Out,” $25 tickets are available at aspenshowtix.com or at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office.  A limited number of tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the door of the event.


Three additional Winter Words events will follow Fedarko and McBride’s talk: Yaa Gyasi (February 28); Adam Gopnik (March 21); and Stephanie Danler, Anna Noyes, and Molly Prentiss (April 4). 



Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm | Doors open at 5:30pm

This event will likely sell out. Please arrive early to allow time for parking.

Book signing to follow.

Paepcke Auditorium on the campus of the Aspen Institute

1000 N. 3rd Street, Aspen, CO 81611

General admission tickets: $25 in advance at aspenshowtix.com or at the door if not sold out.

More information at aspenwords.org


Questions or requests for interviews can be directed to: 

Caroline Tory

Senior Program Associate - Communications

Aspen Words | The Aspen Institute

[email protected]

Phone: 970-925-3122 ext 3#


Click here to download the press release.



About Winter Words

Experience the breadth of today’s literary landscape at the 20th Anniversary Winter Words series. The featured authors will take audience members from the banks of the Colorado River, to New York City’s 1980’s art scene, to 18th century Ghana, and many unexpected places in-between. 


Aspen Words (formerly the Aspen Writers’ Foundation) was founded in Aspen in 1976 as a cutting edge poetry conference and literary magazine. Today Aspen Words (AW) is one of the nation’s leading literary centers and a stage for the world’s most prominent authors. AW programs employ literature as a tool for provoking thought, broadening perspectives, fostering connections, inspiring creativity, and giving voice. Since 2009, AW has partnered with the Aspen Institute, underscoring the highest humanistic ideals of Aspen founder Walter Paepcke: to better understand human challenges by cultivating one’s inner life through the exchange of words, stories, and ideas. AW’s mission is to encourage writers, inspire readers, and connect people through the power of stories.


The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, CO; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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