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In an era of bungee-jumping and other thrill-seeking fads, mountain climbing may seem as old-fashioned as a hot-air-balloon ride. But as explorer and author Richard Bangs illustrates in such books as Riding the Dragon’s Back, scaling the world’s highest peaks remains one of the ultimate terrestial adventures. Bangs’ multimedia slide lecture, “The Peaks: Seeking the High Ground Across the Continents,” focuses on eight of his most daring excursions. At 6 p.m. at the Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. $16. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Eddie Dean)