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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Peter Haan – Art and Climbing

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.

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Steve Curtis: Bolivian Climbing – Fact or Fiction

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, October 7, 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.

Steve Curtis was born and raised in Petaluma, California and after a long time abroad, including 6 years in Germany, he has returned to the area and has not let up on his life long passion for climbing. Curtis is a retired air force prosthodontist with 27 years of service, board certified in 1994 and elected to the American Board of Prosthodontists in 2007. Steve’s notable climbs include the Nose in 16 hours, the Half Dome Regular route in 7 hours, plus long hard speed rope solos in Europe. Steve is a true climbing hardman who’s accomplishments continue to stay under the radar. That is until we get him to do a slideshow for us.

Steve recently travelled to Bolivia to sample the variety of climbing that this intriguing country has to offer. Steve will share his experiences with sport, traditional and alpine first ascents in Bolivia. Plus fun facts about the Bolivian Navy, the Red Poncho People, and attempting to give the Bolivian Minister of Education 40 million dollars.


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Jerry Dodrill – High Sierra Love Affair

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, September 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.

This evening, Jerry Dodrill will give a presentation for the Rock Ice & Mountain Club: “I”ll be highlighting my life-long love affair with climbing and photographing the peaks of the High Sierra, and the progression (under the direct influence of Galen Rowell) from heavy pack-in trips to light, alpine-style climbs and traverses. I’ll show images and a couple video clips from recent adventures in the high country, including the Cathedral Range, Palisades, and Evolution traverses, and will speak to the recent passing of my friend Brad Parker on Matthes Crest”.

We hope you can attend. Sorry for the late notice.

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Rock Ice & Mountain Club 20th Anniversary Party @ Laguna Environmental Center, September 7

Event: Rock Ice & Mountain Club 20th Anniversary Party

Date: September 7, 2014

Location: Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA

Time: 4pm – 9pm

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Rock Ice & Mountain Club’s 20th Anniversary Party on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Laguna Environmental Center in Santa Rosa, CA. This is a free event for our past and current members, sponsors and friends of the RIM Club. There will be delicious food catered by our friends at Railroad Station Bar and Grill, beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company, local wines, live music by Lazyman, a running slideshow of the RIM Club in action over the years and a silent auction. We are teaming up with the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA) and will donate a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction to further the ASCA mission to replace old bolts and increase climbing safety.

This is a great reason to bring everyone associated with the Club together for an afternoon and evening of celebration, comradery and reconnections between old friends and climbing partners. 20 Years! Can you believe it! You need an invitation and you need to RSVP to take part in this event. If you have not received an Evite from the RIM Club, please check your email’s junk folder. If it is not there, please go to the front page of our website at http://www.rockicemountain.org/, hit the Contact US tab on the far right and send us an email letting us you want to attend. We’d be happy to send you an invitation.

We would also like to collect as many member photos as we can to have a running slideshow of all of our members adventures over the years. Please email your photos to Darren at dwiemeyer@hotmail.com. This is a free event and our way to thank YOU for being part of this awesome local organization. Please carpool as there is limited parking at the event.

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Mark Thomas – Cycling and Climbing into the Unknown

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, August 5, 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.

Mark Thomas has been a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, growing up as an avid skier, cyclist, and hiker in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since moving to California in 2002, he has moved on to bigger and more technical mountain and rock outings, including two trips to Alaska, and a multitude of outings to Canada, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and Colorado, as well as many more in Utah and California. He seeks out everything from ice climbing and glacier travel, to rock climbing some big walls. He often tries to incorporate some ultra-endurance, exploratory, and photography aspects to his various trips. Mark specializes in days of gaining large elevation, lugging heavy packs, crack climbing (especially chimneys and offwidths), and he especially loves climbing in his beloved red rock country of the Moab area in Southern Utah. Some of his climbs include:

•W Buttress of Denali
•Mt Rainier by 4.5 different routes (DC, Emmons Glacier, Liberty Ridge, Ptarmigan Ridge, and failed on Curtis Ridge)
•Numerous winter ascents in Utah (e.g. S Ridge of Mt Superior, Everest Ridge on Mt Timpanogos, Mt Nebo Massif Traverse)
•All of the CA 14ers
•NWRR of Half Dome
•Every single SuperTopo Climb of the High Sierra (except for 3)
•Devil’s Tower
•Mega linkup of numerous routes in the Tetons
•About a dozen desert tower routes in Utah
•Surviving all 10 days of Bob Burd’s Sierra Challenge (and returning for several smaller doses!)

Mark Thomas will be presenting two shorter presentations of some unique and highly recommended outdoor adventuring: First, he will take us along on his 2008 month long trip cycling solo across western Canada, hiking and bagging peaks along the way. Next, he will share photos and stories of a possible first winter ascent of the East Ridge of Mt Carl Heller in 2011. Both trips were great, challenging, and aesthetic outings, that started off as crazy ideas. For both trips Mark had trouble finding anyone interested in attempting them, yet they turned out to be some of his most memorable outings. While they may not have been trips that are popularly regarded or commonly done, and certainly not a ’50 classics’ or ‘SuperTopo list’ trip, they were every bit as classic.

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