Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa
Time & Date: Tuesday, November 4, 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.
Hawaiian-born, Berkeley-raised Peter Haan began climbing in summer of 1963, not quite 15 years of age. The golden age of Yosemite was in mid-swing and yet Haan was still a teenager. Consistently involved as the years have gone by and several distinct eras come and gone, his first solo ascent of the Salathe Wall, first free ascent of the Left Side of the Hourglass, the first un-roped ascent of Crack of Despair and other free climbs in the early Seventies, still stand tall in our history.
Now forty years after these climbs, Haan still remains involved on a variety of levels, writing for Alpinist Magazine, Rock & Ice, The American Alpine Journal, and is deeply committed to an unusual type of sometimes narrative Photoshop imagery related to his understanding of climbing today. As these years went by he graduated from UC Santa Cruz in philosophy and also has maintained a career in architectural woodwork fabrication and general construction, based in Santa Cruz while serving on committees and boards of several associations. His other sports have been skiing, surfing, dressage and cross-country jumping.
Peter will present his art and some of the climbing highlights of the last half-century of climbing. Haan theorizes that much of the compulsion to climb at the extreme level, risking everything including one’s life is a quest for myth, meaning and yearning for a hero’s journey in the terms of Joseph Campbell.