Endurance athlete Jeannie Wall speaks at Maryville College

April 6, 2004
Karen B. Eldridge, Director of News and Public Information
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

What does it take to run the Grand Canyon from rim to rim? Endurance, that’s what. And that’s exactly what athlete and outdoor enthusiast Jeannie Wall puts to the test when she completes such a feat – and other staggering endeavors – throughout her competitive athletic career.

Wall is expected to talk about endurance – and a variety of other related topics – during her visit to Maryville College April 18-21.

The four-day visit to MC, which is being coordinated by staff members of the College’s Mountain Challenge program, is highlighted by three discussion sessions geared toward specific audiences, including one for students and athletes, another for faculty and staff members and finally, a community session scheduled for April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall. The theme for Wall’s community discussion will focus on “Endurance as a Metaphor for Life Balance.” It is free and open to the public.

Wall, 36, was named an “endurance diva” in the December 2003 issue of Outside magazine. Her title is fitting, considering her multi-sport accomplishments over the last decade, which include ski mountaineering, alpine and ice climbing, rock climbing, backcountry powder skiing, cross-country and randonnee.

Wall was the top female to finish the 32-mile American Birkebeiner Nordic ski race in 2002 and won two Ranndonee races in Jackson Hole and Utah in 2003. Other accomplishments include climbing Mont Blanc of the French Alps in just over four hours, making it to the summit of three of the four highest peaks in North America (Steele, Lucania, and Logan) and of course, enduring the elements in the Grand Canyon.

A resident of Bozeman, Mont., Wall has worked for 13 years as an “endurance ambassador” for Patagonia, a company committed to the soul of sport as well as to grassroots environmental activism. Wall received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Wisconsin in 1991 and currently works as a product development/marketing consultant for Patagonia, Inc.

Bruce Guillaume, director of Mountain Challenge said he’s excited that Wall’s presentations will cross many lines in terms of her endurance, work and environmental ethic; her experience with Patagonia; and her competitive athletic history.

“I think that Jeannie will offer a unique perspective on endurance, not only from an athletic standpoint, but also from a professional and personal standpoint,” he said.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.