Jerry Dodrill – Evolution of the Heart

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

As our community grieved the loss of Brad Parker, two of his climbing partners hiked into the Sierra backcountry on a mission to take their fallen friend on the climb of his dreams. Along the journey they discovered the healing power of climbing for a greater purpose. Join us for an enlightening evening as Jerry Dodrill and Rob McKay re-trace their climb of the High Sierra’s Evolution Traverse and highlight the strengthening of a community.

Jerry Dodrill is a photographer, writer and climber living near the Sonoma Coast in Bodega, California. He is a senior contributor to California Climber Magazine and sits of the board of the Rock Ice & Mountain Club. His photographs have been widely published in magazines, books, advertising and feature stories. He leads destination-based photography workshops across the West. View his website at:http://www.jerrydodrill.com

Rob McKay has been climbing for twenty two years with numerous big ascents across the Sierra, Utah desert, and vast ultra-light backpacking experience in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. He and his wife Sarah McKay are co-owners of Vertex Climbing Center in Santa Rosa.

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Alex Sebastian – Nepal: Trekking & Climbing for Mere Mortals

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Alex had been longing to travel to Nepal since his late friend Jim had been there in the 80s and planted the notion of climbing a 6,000 meter peak named Imja Tse. Although he has traveled the world since the age of two and volunteered for the American Himalayan Foundation for the last fifteen years, Asia remained but a dream. By last summer, Alex could no longer resist the calling and decided to retire from his career as a civil engineer and took off for a months-long solo sojourn through Nepal.

His timing would prove spot-on. Dodging October’s lethal blizzard by three days, and returning home before the pair of devastating earthquakes, Alex managed to complete two extensive treks. One in the Annapurna Conservation Area, the second in the Solu-Khumbu separated by a quick detour into India. Alex arranged ahead of time to meet fellow climber Ryan McCarthy at 4,730 meters in the village of Chukhung before continuing to base camp. He did his friend proud having carried his ashes to the summit of 6,189 meter Imja Tse. Alex’s passion for the wilderness and world travel began as a child and he has carried his camera to every continent save Antartica. His love of photography started at the age of twelve on a 2-month trip to East Africa.

Alex is passionate about anything dealing with mountains, mountain craft or mountain culture. If you have dreamed of climbing a Himalayan peak but thought it was out of your reach, please join us to enjoy Alex’s images and stories and leave inspired to plan your own trip to a this amazing mountain paradise. Leave with a packet of useful trip planning information and contacts.

The evening will include a silent auction featuring photographs of Nepal as Alex continues his fund raising for aid to friends who lost their homes in Nepal.

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Charlie Barrett – Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Charlie Barrett is a native of Sonoma County, who relocated to the Mammoth area over fifteen years ago. Relocating to Mammoth has allowed Charlie to be centrally located to Tuolumne Meadows, the Bishop region, the High Sierra and all of the wonderful crags and bouldering areas around Mammoth and June Lake. As an Asana sponsored athlete, Charlie has already made his mark with first ascents of many boulder problems and rock climbs in the region.

In Tuolumne Meadows, Charlie has established many new climbs and boulder problems over the years. Many years ago, Charlie was honored when Chris Falkenstien asked him to help write a section of bouldering in the back of his Tuolumne Falcon guidebook, so the idea of a full bouldering guidebook was thought of but never came about. Ten years later, Charlie asked Chris if we wanted to do a bouldering guide. Chris said, “I was just waiting for you to do it.”

Over the past two years, Charlie has worked hard to make the guidebook a reality and he is extremely psyched to give this guidebook to people who never knew about the amazing bouldering in Tuolumne Meadows. Charlie and many others have put countless hours into finding, cleaning and climbing many of the new boulder problems in the guidebook. “Tuolumne is truly a magical place and now with my new guide, I’m happy to know that people with have the option of kicking back and enjoying a bouldering session in between climbing domes and peaks and hanging out in the most beautiful place in the world.” – Charlie Barrett

Charlie will have his Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Guidebook for sale at the presentation.

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Jason “Singer” Smith – A Rational Choice

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Jason “Singer” Smith recounts the incredible events of his fateful expedition to Kyrgyzstan when he and his climbing partners were kidnapped and held hostage for a week before orchestrating their own daring and dramatic escape. In this engrossing and emotional narrative, Singer details the tremendously complex and adverse situations that his team was forced to confront. His dramatic account of survival provides audiences with inspiration, the tools for making rational decisions when acting under pressure, and a renewed appreciation for what is really important in life.

Singer has been climbing forever. First cutting his teeth in his home mountains in Utah, he then shifted his focus to big wall climbing in Yosemite where he quickly established a reputation as a talented and bold soloist. In August of 2000, Singer, along with three other climbers, were climbing in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan when they were kidnapped and held hostage for six days by rebels from the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan. Ultimately, the team conspired to engineer their own dramatic escape.

Subsequently, from 2001 to 2006, Singer traveled the world in an effort to learn and understand people better. His thirst for adventure and insatiable curiosity have taken him to deserts, mountains, and jungles in over 40 countries. Unable to settle down, he divides his time between the United States and Australia. When not questing in the outdoors he trains 10th Planet jiu jitsu under Eddie Bravo and Denny Prokopos.

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Mark Hudon – Iron Hawk: A Tale of Woe

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Mark Hudon first climbed El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 1974. He was 18 years old and a senior in High School on a trip out from New Hampshire. Over the next 6 years Mark would climb El Cap 8 more times, usually early and fast ascents of routes such as the Mescalito, Magic Mushroom, New Dawn and the Zodiac, not to mention nearly free ascents of the Salalthe Wall and The Nose. In 2009, Mark was bitten by the big wall bug again. He led the entire Nose route in 15.5 hours, his first route on El Cap in 30 years. The next spring he soloed Grape Race to Tribal Rite in 11 days and has done 15 additional routes since, including 2 more solo ascents. Mark, with various partners, has plans for 6 El Cap routes this year including Tempest, A4+, and Freerider (5.13a). Next year, after turning 60, he plans to solo another El Cap route.

Mark will present his 2012 solo ascent of Iron Hawk VI (A4 5.9r) on El Capitan. Mark’s intent was to solo the route. Twelve days later he was barely able to jumar a rope tossed down from the top for him. Mark says “It’s still hard for me to talk about it”.

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Scott Darsney – From Alaska To The Himalaya

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Alaska mountain guide and photographer, Scott Darsney, will share stories and photos from his upcoming photo books recounting first ascents and ski trips in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and his trips to Nepal and Pakistan. Scott has been to many 8000m peaks in Nepal and Pakistan, was Greg Mortenson’s climbing partner on K2 and was climbing Mount Lhotse during the disaster in 1996 on Mount Everest.

Scott has climbed on every continent in over 50 countries and has been published in hundreds of well known books and magazines including Outside, Climbing and Rock and Ice. He is now working full time as a pilot in Alaska.

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Gordon Wiltsie – Extreme Adventure at the Bottom of the World

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Gordon Wiltsie, a lifelong explorer, photographer and writer, first visited Antarctica aboard a ship in 1987. He was instantly captivated by the continent and his only disappointment was that he could only go ashore for a few hours at a time to explore more widely into a mountainous continent unlike any other wonderland he had ever witnessed. Within a year, however, Gordon teamed up as a guide and photographer for a new, “wings-and-many-prayers” aviation company called Adventure Network and was blessed to climb and ski over much of the continent, often to places never before visited.

Gordon will lead us through a cavalcade of expeditions, culminating with the first-ever big wall climb on the continent, far south of the Antarctic Circle in little-known Queen Maud Land. Accompanied by such climbing legends as Alex Lowe, Conrad Anker, Jon Krakauer, Rick Ridgeway and Michael Graber, Gordon chronicles one of the most dramatic adventures of his career and his first cover story for National Geographic.

Gordon Wiltsie is an award-winning photographer, writer and speaker who has documented extreme mountaineering, dogsledding, skiing and other expeditions to some of the world’s remotest mountain and polar regions. He is also noted for his photography of vanishing cultures and his images appear regularly in scores of magazines such as National Geographic. He is the author “To the Ends of the Earth – The Adventures of an Expedition Photographer” and has photographed several other books. When not traveling he lives in Pleasant Hill, California with his wife Meredith. His website is: http://www.alpenimage.com.

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour 2015: Mystic Theatre, Petaluma – January 30, 2015

Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour 2015: Mystic Theatre, Petaluma – January 30, 2015

It is that time of year again. The Rock Ice & Mountain Club is excited to host the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour on January 30, 2015 at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA. doors open at 6:30 and the festival starts at 7:30. Tickets are $15 and all ages are welcome. You can buy tickets at McNear’s Restaurant next to the Mystic Theatre, at Sonoma Outfitters in Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa or on line at www.mystictheatre.com.

The Bohemian is our proud sponsor for the event and you can go to to enter to win free tickets.

Here is a list of the films:

Road Bike – cycling
Cascada – kayaking
Slomo – rollerblading
Flying Squirrels – wing suit BASE
Out on a Limb – disabled skier
Bounce – lifestyle
Burn it Down- longboard skate
After Glow – ski

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Colton Edson – My Four Year Journey

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Colton Edson is a 17-year-old local Sonoma County climber who started climbing at Vertex Climbing Center and quickly fell in love with the sport. Joining Team Vertex right away, he has progressed from a scrawny kid with no technique to a sponsored athlete aspiring to travel the world. In his relatively brief climbing career, Colton has traveled to Switzerland and all around the western United States.

Colton will show us highlights of his journeys over the last four years along the Sonoma Coast, Bishop, Joe’s Valley, Switzerland and more. Colton will tell us of his upbringing and his outdoor lifestyle influences. He tracks the progression from first time climber to athlete and all the hardships and setbacks he has faced along the way as well as the wonderful support the local Sonoma County climbing community has played in his life. Colton is a sponsored athlete for Five Ten, Asana Climbing and Giddy Organics.

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Nicholas Giblin – Climbing in the Bugaboos

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Nicholas Giblin is a certified climbing guide and rope access technician from Santa Rosa. He has been climbing for 12 years and has worked at various climbing gyms, managed rope course programs, worked as a Matterhorn climber at Disneyland, and currently as a SPRAT III rope access technician for Ropeworks. He is a member of the Swiss Alpine Club, American Alpine Club, Korea on the Rocks Foreigner Climbing Club, Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, Society for Professional Rope Access Technicians, Ropeworks Rope Access Team Member, Disneyland Matterhorn Climber and Guide for Outback Adventures.

While on a road trip to Colorado a few years back, Nicholas met Kaare Iverson, a photographer, who asked Nicholas to climb wearing shirts from his client so he could take photos. Three years later Nicholas found out Kaare had moved to San Rafael, CA where they reconnected and hatched a plan to climb in the Bugaboos. Their ten day climbing trip consisted of amazing weather, a beautiful campsite, meeting some amazing alpine athletes and climbing some of the classic routes in the Bugs.

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