Nat Geo Live: ‘Point of No Return’ comes to Breckenridge, April 15 |

Nat Geo Live: ‘Point of No Return’ comes to Breckenridge, April 15

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Hilaree O'neill in southeast Greenland.
Adam Clark / Special to the Daily |

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What: National Geographic Live: “Point of No Return,” with Hilaree O’Neill.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15.

Where: Riverwalk Center, 105 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge.

Cost: Tickets are $25 to $35 for adults and $10 for kids and students.

More information: Visit

BRECKENRIDGE — Whittled down to virtually nothing, a five-person team pushed themselves to the mental and physical brink, as they overcame one pitfall after another on their way to summit the highest point in Southeast Asia.

On Saturday at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, famed mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill will share the story of her team’s push to the top of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi, all in a mission to determine if it was, indeed, Southeast Asia’s highest point.

‘down to nothing’

O’Neill’s talk will be the third and final installment of the National Geographic Live at Breckenridge series. The first two events featured renowned wildlife photographer Joel Satore, whose portraits of thousands of animals big and small stand as one of the most complete photographic wildlife journals on the planet and Kobie Boykins, a NASA engineer who helped design the Mars Exploration Rovers.

For her talk, O’Neill will recall the tough decisions she had to make to keep the team together, complemented by the work of photographer Cory Richard and clips from Renan Ozturk’s documentary “Down to Nothing.”

The journey, described as “a harrowing expedition,” featured overland train rides, motorcycle trips in the rain and jungle slogs. The team battled through dwindling food supplies, logistical failures, howling winds, false summits, hypothermia, perilous gendarmes and personality clashes that threatened to unravel the expedition.

Tickets for Saturday’s show at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge are $25 to $35 for adults and $10 for children and students. For more information, go to

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