Rock Ice & Mountain Club

We Have A New Meeting Location

The Rock Ice & Mountain Club is very excited to announce that we have a new general meeting location. We will be holding our monthly general meeting at the Epicenter Sports and Entertainment facility located at 3215 Coffey Lane in Santa Rosa. This is an incredible facility with a variety of fun activities for the entire family. More importantly, they have a great conference room at the Victory House where we will have our general meetings. The Victory House has a full bar and menu where we can order food and drinks for the meeting.

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Who We Are

The Rock Ice & Mountain Club serves the climbing and outdoor community of the North San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We offer a chance to meet like minded people and get inspired by top notch presentations. Our monthly meetings are free to the general public.

Shows have included accounts of climbing in Nepal, Tibet, Russia, the Sierra Nevada, Europe and Bhutan. The club has organized trips in Sonoma County, the Sierras, the Cascades, as well as other climbing areas including Red Rocks, Joshua Tree, and Smith Rock.

There are Club meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at the Epicenter Sports and Entertainment Center located at 3215 Coffey Lane in Santa Rosa. At each meeting there is a raffle, a multimedia presentation, and an opportunity to mix with other climbers from the area.

Latest News:

December 6: Richard Bothwell – Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness

November 18, 2022

December 6: Richard Bothwell – Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness Location: Victory House, Room 200 at the Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Date and Time: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) Snow is on the way to the mountains! Before you go to the mountains you need to be aware of the risks of avalanches. Know Before You Go is an avalanche awareness program that isn’t overloaded with science, it doesn’t tell you that you have to stay out of the mountains, and there are no formulas to memorize. In this presentation by Richard Bothwell, a ski/splitboard guide and AIARE avalanche educator, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and the steps you can take to have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches. No former avalanche education is necessary to attend. For those with more experience and training, Richard will be able to answer your questions during the Q and A session. Richard Bothwell has been riding and guiding in Lassen Volcanic National Park since 1996. He guides for his company, the Outdoor Adventure Club, as well as teaching avalanche … READ MORE

November 1: Kevin Deweese: Yosemite Bigwall First Ascents in the Age of Beaks

October 15, 2022

November 1: Kevin Deweese: Yosemite Bigwall First Ascents in the Age of Beaks Location: Victory House, Room 200 at the Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Date and Time: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) Kevin Deweese is a climber based in Oakland, CA who has been a familiar face in Yosemite Valley for years. He is best known for his bigwall first ascents in the valley. Kevin will give a presentation on putting up some of his more recent bigwall first ascents, many of which with Steve Bosque, a veteran of Yosemite bigwall first ascents from over the last half century. Kevin will focus on the “new era” that exists due to the use of beaks and how they have made lines that once were shied away from because they would be A4/A5 with normal pitons but are now A2/A3 by using beaks. He will also share photos from Bosque’s old ascents in comparison to current ascents to show the differences in gear and techniques as well as new techniques discovered through pushing beaks as far as they can go on Yosemite granite.

October 4: Floyd Hayes – Classic Moderate Alpine Climbs

September 21, 2022

October 4 – Floyd Hayes: Classic Moderate Alpine Climbs Location: Victory House, Room 200 at the Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Date and Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) Floyd Hayes, a professor of biology at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, will discuss his journey of seeking out classic moderate alpine climbs, including many of the fabled “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America,” throughout western North America (British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, California) and in Switzerland. Although many of these climbs require long approaches with a backpack, overnight camping, and a long day of multipitch climbing, sometimes on a mixture of snow and rock, the moderate difficulty of these routes means they can be enjoyed by climbers of all ages and skill levels. Many of his climbs were achieved with an older partner, Roy Benton, who is now 73 years old and just completed two long, committing routes in the Canadian Rockies. The two climbers have produced a series of videos of their climbing adventures, which are posted on YouTube.

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