Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour 2017 – January 27 @ Mystic Theatre, Petaluma

The Tahoe Adventure Film Festival (TAFF) is not your typical stuffy film festival. This fun high-energy evening will fuel your passion for action, and ignite your senses for adventure. We highlight the best adventure sports films of the year and showcase the action sports world best talent.

All of the films are specially selected and edited to fit the festival’s fast pace format. The evening is exciting and entertaining on and off the screen. TAFF organizers spend hours pouring over footage, narrowing down the film submissions to the top 10 from every corner of the Action Sports World. From there each filmmaker produces a special 10-12 minute clip or segment to be premiered at the festival.

TAFF’s first Road Tour stop will once again be hosted by Sonoma County’s Rock Ice & Mountain Club at Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre. The RIM Club has been a pillar of the North Bay climbing and adventure community since 1994. Proceeds from this year’s gear raffle with items from CamelBak, Adidas Outdoor, Kitsbow, Wylder Goods, Marmot, Santa Rosa Ski and Sports, Vertex Climbing Center, Levi’s GranFondo, Sonoma Outfitters and many more… will benefit the B-Rad Foundation.

Join us as we gather the North Bay tribe and pack the house once again for the fifth annual TAFF North Bay Road Tour stop.

Doors at 6:30, Show at 7:30. All Ages.
Tickets $15 – Gear raffle to benefit the B-Rad Foundation
Purchase Advance Tickets at Sonoma Outfitters or at the Mystic Theatre box office or www.mystictheatre.com

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Bart O’Brien – A Lifetime of Sierra Adventures

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 @ 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.

The Sierra Nevada mountains, America’s “gentle wilderness,” invite exploration. Bart O’Brien has been hiking, peak bagging and rock climbing in the High Sierra for decades and he has climbed hundreds of mountains, walked thousands of miles, and added twenty first ascents to walls and spires in the back country. In this presentation, he will share stories from his exploits in the famous national parks, the many wilderness areas and lesser know sections throughout this great range. The presentation will inspire you to embark on your own Sierra adventure this summer.

Bart O’Brien has loved the mountains since he was a kid growing up in Marin County. He started rock climbing in the late sixties and has climbed on six continents. He has done many first ascents in the Sierra, “classic climbs” throughout the American west, big peaks in Peru and popular mountains in the Alps. He spent thirty-two years as a high school teacher and administrator and he retired four years ago after a nine year stint as district superintendent. Bart has two daughters and lives with his wife, Loretta, in Colfax, CA. His photos and articles have appeared in the American Alpine Journal, Summit, Climbing, and Rock and Ice, as well as several other publications.

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Janel Healy – A Solo Journey on the Appalachian Trail

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 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.

After three years of a desk job by day and a dizzying flurry of interpersonal activity by night, Janel realized that she needed to simplify, go within, challenge her body, and spend time in nature as a 30th birthday present to herself. She read “Wild,” a memoir about Cheryl Strayed’s solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail, and decided to give it a go on the other side of the continent! Although Janel is a Bay Area native, she chose to through-hike the Appalachian Trail—stretching 2,187 miles from Georgia to Maine—because of the prevalence of water and shelters, the proximity of “trail towns,” and because she lived for two years in central Virginia.

Given the popularity of starting an AT hike northbound from Georgia in the spring — thousands of hopefuls start at the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, between March and April — Janel decided to avoid the crowds and do an alternative through-hike to maximize her alone time in nature. She did a “flip-flop” (i.e. starting in the middle of the trail and heading one direction, then “flipping” back to finish the other half), which allowed her to both start and end the hike in Virginia near her former home at the Twin 0aks intentional community.

In this presentation, Janel will talk about her experiences doing a non-traditional through-hike; overcoming the physical discomfort and monotony of hiking 20 miles a day; through-hiker culture; what the terrain is like in the American South versus the Northeast; and what it was like for an extrovert who had barely backpacked before to spend almost 6 months on her own in the mountains!

Janel Healy is a writer and adventurer from Los Altos, California who is driven by an insatiable curiosity about the resilience of both natural systems and the human spirit. After four years studying Communications at the University of Southern California, she spent much of her 20s exploring—from singing on cruise ships to working on organic farms in Australia to living on communes to doing a long distance hike. Before hiking the Appalachian Trail this year, she spent three years as the Communications Director for the 0ccidental Arts & Ecology Center in western Sonoma County.

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Hans Florine – On The Nose: A Lifelong Obsession With Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 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.

Hans Florine is a big-wall climbing legend in his own time. He holds the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that’s considered the Everest of the rock-climbing world. Ascending the Nose takes most climbers anywhere from 12 to 96 hours. Florine, along with climbing partner Alex Honnold, did it in an astounding 2.5 hours. But Florine’s story is not one of super-human athletic prowess; it’s one of persistence and dogged determination. In 30 years of climbing, Hans has ascended the Nose a mind-blowing 100 times, more than anyone else ever has, and most likely ever will.

In his new book, On The Nose, Florine describes the most dangerous, pivotal, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. Perhaps more interestingly, Florine attempts to answer the question why. Why would anyone undertake one of the greatest adventure epics on earth 100 times? His answers provide unique insights on how to live a satisfying life, how to achieve big goals, and how an otherwise ordinary guy can become a rock star.

In addition to his climbing accolades, Hans Florine is the co-author of Speed Climbing, has written articles for Rock and Ice, Climbing, and Master’s Athlete and has produced the multi-media series How to Climb the Nose. Hans served as executive director of the American Sport Climbers Federation from 1992 to 1996 and is currently an Ambassador for The Access Fund, as well as manager and shareholder at Touchstone Climbing & Fitness, the largest climbing gym chain in the country.

Hans is a professional motivational speaker, delivering keynotes at trade shows, conferences, and college auditoriums worldwide, from local rotary club meetings to Fortune 500 events. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. For more details about Hans’s new book see: http://onthenosebook.com.

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Allyson Gunsallus: Salt Earth Art – Watercolors and Adventure from Patagonia and Beyond

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 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.

Allyson Gunsallus started climbing in 2005 and moved to California shortly thereafter to spend as much time as possible in Yosemite. Her appreciation of climbing and the mountains has been enriched over the last few years through a new passion for watercolor painting. Since the medium is so portable, Allyson has been able to bring along paints on most of her adventures. In 2015, through a Live Your Dream Grant from the American Alpine Club, she traveled to Argentine Patagonia, which has become the subject for a couple of her favorite paintings. Allyson’s website and art can be found at http://www.SaltEarthArt.com

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Kaare Iverson – The Hardest Line: Carving a Career out of Mountains

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 @ 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.

In 2009, Kaare Iverson walked away from a comfortable lifestyle as an ex-patriated TESL teacher in southern China. Equipped with a camera, a love of mountain culture and absolutely no business sense, he set out to remake himself as an adventure photographer. Seven years later he finds himself rooted in the culture of Northern California and finally realizing that dream. Currently based in Santa Rosa, Kaare is an adventure lifestyle photographer & director who works with Osprey Packs, Marmot, Black Diamond, Pebble and others. His images have been published with Climbing, Gripped, Rock & Ice, Yoga Journal and Outside. Kaare will speak to the Rock Ice & Mountain Club, sharing his personal journey and the adventures that have launched his success.
http://www.kaareiverson.com/

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Bill Bradley: Conquering the Canyon – Grand Canyon (7xs) Rim to Rim Crossings Run

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 @ 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.

Bill Bradley walks the talk. Bill undertakes the most challenging endurance sporting events in the world. The average age of an extreme endurance athlete is 35 years old. Bill, now 55, stands alone yet he continues to take on grueling events around the world. Some of Bill’s more notable endurance events include competing in the Triple Ironman (composed of a 7.2 mile swim, a 336 mile bike ride and a 78.6 mile run); the Race Across America Marathon, a 3,000-mile bike race from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland; the Furnace Creek 508 mile bike race through Death Valley; and the Susitna 100, a 100 mile run across the frozen Alaskan tundra while pulling a 40 pound sled filled with survival gear.

Other incredible challenges include running 199 miles with an added 1.2-mile swim under the Golden Gate Bridge, swimming 20 miles in the English Channel without a wetsuit or breaks and a recent attempt at summiting Mt. Denali. In 2010, Bill became the 24th person to run and complete the 292 mile Double Badwater Ultramarathon with a Mt. Whitney summit in record setting temperatures reaching 135 degrees, earning him the name Epic Bill Bradley.

Bill will give a motivational presentation on setting the world record running the Grand Canyon rim to rim seven times totaling 167.3 miles with over 42,000 feet of climbing elevation and temperatures reaching 114 Fahrenheit, which took just under 6 days to complete this monumental achievement.
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Dave Harden: Climbing Around the World – A Life of Wandering

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 @ 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.

Come join us for an evening of vicarious adventure as climber David Harden presents a new slide show of his climbs and travels around the globe. He will share stories and pictures from his many journeys, vertical and otherwise, wandering about our lovely planet. From Australia to Alaska, New York to New Zealand, Harden will take us with him as he explores scenic mountainous regions around the world. The Dolomites, Kilimanjaro, and Cochamo are just a few of the place names with which you will become familiar as you watch his program which could be subtitled, “How I Wasted My Life Walking Uphill.”

Longtime Tuolumne County resident David Harden started wandering in the mountains as a teen in the 1960s. He began rock climbing soon after that and it has remained a lifelong passion. He has climbed throughout the western U.S. and around the world but the California High Sierra remains his favorite place. Harden retired from the fire service in 2005 after a thirty-two year career with CAL FIRE and lives in Sonora with his wife, Pamela Blair.

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Glen Denny – Valley Walls and El Capitan

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 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.

Valley Walls and El Capitan

Glen Denny was born in Modesto, California in 1939 and grew up in the nearby town of Livingston, where his father taught mathematics and music at the high school. His first outdoor experiences came through fly-fishing trips into the Sierra with his father. When Glen moved to Yosemite in 1958 to learn to climb, the first ascent of El Capitan was under way. Inspired by this historic event, he was soon climbing the most challenging routes in Yosemite Valley, including some of the early ascents of El Capitan, with many of the big-wall pioneers of the late fifties and early sixties. He has also made first ascents in the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru and the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan. Originally self-taught, Glen began photographing Yosemite climbs and climbers in the early sixties before studying photography and filmmaking at San Francisco State University, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree. His climbing films have won awards at several film festivals; his photography has appeared in a number of publications, culminating in his 2007 book, Yosemite in the Sixties. Glen currently lives in San Francisco.

Glen will introduce and show his classic film El Capitan. He will also present his first-person perspective on the early history of climbing on El Cap and other important Yosemite Valley routes of the late 1950s and early 1960s, along with excerpts from his just-published book, Valley Walls: A Memoir of Climbing and Living in Yosemite. Glen will have his Valley Walls book for sale at the meeting.

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Dierdre Wolownick – Four Peaks and a Dream

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 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.

In 2009, Dierdre went to the climbing gym with her son, Alex Honnold, to see what he did all the time — and she’s been climbing ever since. In 2013, she was awarded a grant by the American Alpine Club to go to the northeast to work on her leading skills. Her birthday in September falls in peak Yosemite season, so each year, she arranges a special climb with Alex, something to take her completely out of her comfort zone and into the world of high elevation and exciting adventure.

A writer all her life, Dierdre has written essays about climbing in 7 states and 3 countries, for magazines in the US, the UK, Canada and others. She retired from college teaching in 2015 to climb and write. Although she’ll never lead anyone up El Cap or make headlines as a climber, she’s been steadily pushing her limits, with and without her son. Dierdre will talk about the climbs that stand out among her experiences climbing with the best.

Come listen to her talk about those adventures. Bring any questions you’ve always wanted to ask about Alex Honnold. Bring your copy of “Alone on the Wall” and get it signed…by the author of the author!

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