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Dean Rosnau – Search and Rescue in the High Sierra

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, August 1, 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. Dean Rosnau began climbing at Joshua Tree in 1975 at the age of 13. In 1984, he immersed himself into the world of Search and Rescue (SAR) when a 3 1/2 year-old child disappeared from a campground. In 1989, he moved to the eastern high Sierra, and along with pursuing his climbing passions, became involved with the rescue team in Mono County. His new book, The Shortest Straw, recounts a number of incidents throughout his 43 years of climbing and 33 years of SAR. From the high desert crags in Josh, the frozen waterfalls of the east side, to the domes of Tuolumne and the big walls of Yosemite Valley, his climbing opportunities have been mixed and all-encompassing. Dean continues to work an open missing person case, that of Matthew Greene, … READ MORE

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James Martin, Ken Stanton & Harrison Hood – Climbing and Culture in Cuba

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, June 6, 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. Rock Ice & Mountain Club members James Martin, Ken Stanton and Harrison Hood, along with a diverse group of local climbers, travelled to Cuba in February to climb featured limestone and experience the culture, food and landscapes that Cuba has to offer. This multi-media presentation will include video edits of the sights and sounds of Cuba and of the incredible climbing areas the group visited. They will also show still photos and share with us their experiences in this fascinating county.

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Kristian Solem – Wild Times in High Places

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, May 2, 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. Kristian Solem started climbing in the mid 1970’s at the Gunks and ten years later moved to Los Angeles. In California, Kristian visited the usual climbing areas like Tahquitz and Suicide, Joshua Tree and Yosemite. But when he first laid eyes on The Needles, Kristian knew he had found his nirvana. He would go on to climb there every season for three decades. Bouldering at Stoney Point, he met Bob Kamps, who became a mentor for 20 years. Partnerships were forged at Stoney Point with the likes of Herb Laeger, Charlie Crist, Jan McCollum and Guy Keesee, which led to adventures and first ascents at Joshua Tree, Courtright Reservoir, The Needles area and the Gorge of Despair. Kristian led an alternate life as a mastering engineer, which is a rare job … READ MORE

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Seth Dilles – Sierra Ramblings From A Sonoma County Native

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, April 4, 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. Seth Dilles is a Sonoma County native and Rock Ice & Mountain Club member who discovered climbing at the young age of 12 when he first climbed at Sunset Boulders at Sonoma Coast State Beach. He helped build Vertex Climbing Center and was one of their first employees. He has spent time working in Yosemite Valley and as a climbing guide in the Sierra, Joshua Tree and Red Rock with Sky’s The Limit Guide Service. He currently works for an engineering firm doing rope access construction and rigging. Seth is a very accomplished climber with first ascents in the High Sierra and several El Capitan ascents. Seth will show us some of his High Sierra outings from his first ascents on Mt. Whitney and Birch Mountain and many other climbs, both … READ MORE

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Glen Denny – Valley Walls and El Capitan

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, March 7, 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. 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. His first ascents include the Dihedral Wall on El Capitan, the west face of the Leaning Tower, the north face of the Rostrum, and the Prow on Washington Column. His … READ MORE

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Hannah Donnelly – The Road Back To Living

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, February 7, 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. Hannah Donnelly is a young, enthusiastic wanderer always in search for the next adventure. She has been climbing and competing for 10 years and has dedicated every ounce of her being to the sport and community. Hannah understands the dedication and mentality it takes to be at the top level and with her planned career in high level sports massage and bodywork on the horizon, she is excited and dedicated to use her own struggles to help other athletic enthusiasts reach their goals. Growing up in the USAC Youth climbing program, Hannah never felt quite complete. The endless training, traveling and competitions on a nationally ranked team for 8+ years started to take their toll. It’s easy to get stuck in that same routine and thus, climbing had lost a bit … READ MORE

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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 … READ MORE

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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” … READ MORE

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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 … READ MORE

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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 … READ MORE

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