June 7: Giovanni Traversi – Everything is Karate
June 7: Giovanni Traversi – Everything is Karate Location: Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) Follow Giovanni Traversi’s journey as he tells the story of how he jumped from a 5.13 sport climber to a near 5.15 sport climber in 365 days while only trying one single sequence over and over until he finally sent the route perfectly, in better style than most of the pros. “Everything is Karate” is a climb in Pine Creek Canyon near Bishop and it revolves around an intense move off of a mono-finger lock, which really hugs the barriers of your typical sport climb. Giovanni recounts the climb – “The rock is so sharp and new that often I would be left with no skin on both sides of my middle finger and completely flapped on both sides, while gushing blood.” Giovanni sent the climb on October 18, 2018, making it the 5th known ascent of the route. He is now on a different path with plans to complete one of his other main projects, “Too Big to Flail” in the Buttermilk country near Bishop. … READ MORE
May 3: Chris Summit – Sonoma County First Ascent Bouldering
May 3: Chris Summit – Sonoma County First Ascent Bouldering Location: Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) Chris Summit has undoubtedly put up more bouldering first ascents in Sonoma County than anyone. His psyche for finding new boulders and nabbing first ascents is contagious and has spawned several new eras of boulder hunting and development from many strong local climbers. Chris will most likely give up a few “Topo Secrets” and will highlight several climbers that are throwing down in Sonoma County and beyond.
“To Be Rescheduled” May 3: Jim Thornburg – The Choss Revolution
May 3: Jim Thornburg – The Choss Revolution Location: Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) We will re-schedule Jim Thornburg for another month. Jim Thornburg is a well known climbing photographer and Bay Area climbing guidebook author who is also an active route developer. There has been nothing short of a revolution in the Bay Area of many dedicated route developers who are finding and developing new crags, primarily in the north bay area. Why have these crags been overlooked by past generation? Well, the answer is most likely that these crags were initially chossy and very scrappy. But with lots of love and cleaning, these newer crags are enticing climbers old and new to search out these new areas. We are lucky to have Jim documenting these areas and providing exceptional guidebooks for these areas. Jim will share his involvement with this surge of new development, his newest Bay Area guidebooks along with stunning photos.
April 5 – Scott “Plaidman” Peterson – The Evolution of Plaid
April 5: Scott “Plaidman” Peterson – The Evolution of Plaid Location: Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) Scott Peterson returns to the Rock Ice & Mountain Club to give us a close look at his travels and climbing trips over the last several years. It’s a winding journey of many epic trips and fun excursions from the Pacific Northwest to Yosemite and random obscure locations. Scott lives in eastern Oregon and is a rep for Totem cams.
March 1: Kevin Jorgeson – “Catching Up With KJ: Life After The Dawn Wall”
March 1: Kevin Jorgeson – “Ground Up: Dreaming Big On and Off the Stone” Location: Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) “Catching Up with KJ: Life after the Dawn Wall” After completing the Dawn Wall, Kevin Jorgeson dreamed of creating a world class climbing gym for the climbing community that raised him. At the time he joked: “as long as this doesn’t take as long as the Dawn Wall, I’ll be happy!” Well, 6 years later, the joke is on KJ! Join us for an evening of lighthearted heckling and storytelling around life after the Dawn Wall, the ups and downs of turning the dream of modern gym for Sonoma County into a reality. Attendees will automatically be entered into a free raffle for Session apparel, guest passes, punch cards and memberships! Session is Sonoma County’s newest indoor climbing, yoga and fitness center featuring 12,000 square feet of rope walls up to 48′ tall, 4,000 square feet of bouldering terrain, a 2,000 square foot cardio and fitness mezzanine, a beautiful 1,200 square foot yoga studio with views of Taylor Mountain, and … READ MORE
Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour – March 25, 2022 @ The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma
UPDATE: THE EVENT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 25 BECAUSE OF THE RECENT SONOMA COUNTY ORDER RESTRICTING INDOOR GATHERINGS. The Rock Ice & Mountain Club is excited to host the return of Todd Offenbacher and the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour. This is an action packed event that is fun for the whole family. This is a Covid-19 vaccination only venue and you will be required to show proof of vaccination. Advanced tickets are available at our monthly general meetings, or at Sonoma Outfitters in Santa Rosa or you can order online through www.mystictheatre.com, but they do charge a service fee.
Brandon Napieralski – To Maine and Back Again: A Road Trippin’ Tale
Location: Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) We are re-scheduled Brandon’s presentation after having to cancel in September. When Brandon And Jacque agreed to attend a wedding outside of Buffalo, New York, the first logistical question was “How are we going to get there?”. Logically, they decided to quit their jobs and drive across the county as it would allow them to stop at climbing spots and hot springs along the way. Come listen to Brandon share their adventure and insights on climbing across America and the best routes to take to get there. Brandon and Jacque moved to Santa Rosa from western New York in 2018 where they quickly discovered the Rock Ice & Mountain Club and have been active members ever since.
November 2 – Dean Fidelman: Pictures of Fidelman – An Exhibition
Location: Victory House at the Epicenter, 3215 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30) Dean Fidelman: Pictures of Fidelman – An Exhibition Dean Fidelman returns to the Rock Ice & Mountain Club to christen our new general meeting location at the Epicenter. Dean will delve into his journey from StoneMaster to StoneMonkey, to finding his Muse and creating the Yosemite Climbing Museum, with stops in between. This is a can’t miss presentation from one of the most interesting climbers and photographers of our era.
Climbing and Camping Trip to Bass Lake, Oakhurst, CA – November 5-7, 2021
We have booked a group campsite at Bass Lake near Oakhurst, CA for Friday night through Sunday, November 5 – 8 with the option to add a third night on Sunday. Bass Lake provides lots of recreation opportunities including camping, boating, paddleboarding, hiking, mountain biking and, of course rock climbing. There are many crags within an hour of Bass Lake including Fresno Dome, Shuteye Ridge and Tollhouse and Yosemite Valley is only an hour and a half away. A November camping and climbing trip presents some weather challenges, but we are overdue for a successful trip without rain, fire or a pandemic. If you are interested in attending, please email Darren at [email protected] to secure your spot. We have availability for 30 people.
October General Meeting – Cancelled
The October general meeting on October 5 has been cancelled. Unfortunately, we are getting off to a rough re-start after not holding meetings for over a year and a half because of Covid-19. Last month we had to cancel at the last minute when we found out that Round Table Pizza was not open for indoor dining. Additional changes and scheduling issues have also arisen in the last couple of weeks and we feel it is best to just cancel the October general meeting. But, hold tight. We do plan to hold a November general meeting and will have some exciting news to share very soon. Stay tuned and thank you for your understanding.