Steve Curtis – Climb Brazil

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour 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.

COVID 19 NOTICE: GIVEN THE RISE OF LOCAL COVID 19 CASES, EVEN AMONG VACCINATED PEOPLE, AND BECAUSE WE ARE INSIDE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO EACHOTHER, WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT ALL ATTENDEES BE FULLY VACCINATED.

This June, given all the negative news, Steve Curtis decided upon an unlikely climbing destination. A trip to Brazil. The advantages of going during this time were extremely low prices and a complete lack of foreign tourism in Rio de Janeiro. The disadvantage was a few cancelled flights. Steve had to spend a few more days in a South American version of paradise.

Flavio Daflon, owner of Companhia Da Escalar, published a great book “50 vias classicas no Brazil”. Most of Steve’s trip was climbing 12 of these routes.

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Rock Ice & Mountain Club Re-boot Social Gathering

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour 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.

We are really excited to re-boot the Rock Ice & Mountain Club after almost a year and a half of not being able to do monthly meetings or events. As we ease back into our monthly general meetings and start planning for future climbing and camping trips and Adopt-A-Crag events, we thought the best way to start off with a general meeting would be to just have a casual and relaxed social gathering.

We will provide free drinks and may comp a pizza or two to show our appreciation to, not only our members, but our local climbing and outdoor adventure community. This will be a way to re-connect with friends, hang out and enjoy each other’s company. We will have a bunch of Mountain Hardware/Columbia Friends and Family passes to hand out for their store in Point Richmond.

If you can, please show up around 6:30pm as we don’t plan to go our full time slot until 9:00pm. See you there.

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The Rock Ice & Mountain Club Is Out Of Hibernation

HEY HEY ROCK, ICE AND MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS!!!

Like a marmot coming out of a long winter of hibernation, we are re-emerging after almost a year and a half. As Covid-19 restrictions ease, we feel the time is right to re-rack and launch into the next pitch. Yes, our website was down for a while and we have not issued any update emails to our members and followers. We did keep our Instagram account active for a bit, but to tell you the truth, it was kind of nice to take a break from our social media accounts, our monthly meetings and Adopt-A-Crag events. But now we really miss our local climbing and outdoor community that we have spent 27 years building. It really is the members and this great community that makes this club so unique and special.

We are sticking with our first Tuesday of each month for our general meetings. For July 6, we are not certain if we will have a presenter for our general meeting or just get together, hang out and re-connect with each other. Stay tuned for more details for July 6 and for upcoming Adopt-A-Crag events and camping/climbing trips.

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Steve Curtis – A Month of Climbing in Adrspach and Teplice, Czech Republic

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2019 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour 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.

Over 100 years ago our sport was birthed in the Elbsandsteingebirge near Dresden, Germany. Shortly afterward, adventurous bands of German climbers discovered sandstone pinnacles over a wide radius, including Teplice in the Czech Republic. Of course, Germans then were too destitute to get proper accommodation and food, acquiring a bad reputation from sleeping in the woods and avoiding entrance fees. On the other hand, they occasionally managed four first tower ascents in a day by routes that are challenging still.

Aderspach has a very severe reputation for no fall 5.11 routes from the 1940s. These climbs are hard and runout but tame compared to climbs in the Elb. Steve Curtis continues to travel and search out these fantastic and historic climbing areas in Europe. Steve meets up with his friends for a few weeks of stimulating climbing in the sun.

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Calder Davey – A Photographer & Soloist Learning To Adapt

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour 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.

Calder Davey has spent the last three years going from living in a small apartment in Sacramento, to a much smaller bed in the back of his truck. His first stop was Yosemite Valley where he was employed by the concessionaire making sandwiches for tourists and the occasional Honnold or Chin. After quickly learning that working in the Valley isn’t very compatible with spending time on the cliffs, he went to the next best place, Bishop, Ca. Here Calder found a home that suited his interests and freedom and felt more of a belonging with a more hush-hush community of climbers and artists. Six months of enjoying the new social climate and splitter weather, he found himself laying in the dirt in the middle of the night at a small crag just outside of town, being rescued by the Inyo SAR Team after falling while free soloing.

Calder spent the summer of 2017 laying in a hospital, accepting the decisions he’s made, and wondering if he’ll be able to move and feel his body like he once had. During this time, he enjoyed a new found pleasure in photography that was previously only a high school hobby. Calder’s presentation explores the love of a life spent living out of a truck in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, the risks and penalties for roping up without a rope, and what reflection and art-making can do to the human spirit.

Calder is a freelance climbing and portrait photographer, but mostly an all-around goof ball. He still lives out of his truck.

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Darren Wiemeyer – Backpackin’ and Peak Baggin’ in the Wind River Range

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour 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.

Darren Wiemeyer and his wife, Natalie, embark on a 10 day backpack and climbing trip into the heart of the Wind River Range in Wyoming. After years of exploring and enjoying the High Sierra, the desire to backpack and climb in another spectacular mountain range was the big goal for 2017. Unfortunately, they were shut down by a high percentage thunderstorm forecast. So they returned in August of 2018, forecasts be damned. They devised an ambitious plan to pack as many meals as possible into their already stuffed packs in order to complete a big backpacking loop and tag summits along the way.

They mostly got lucky with the weather and climbed the ridge tower on Overhanging Tower, Bollinger Peak, Midsummer Dome and the classic south buttress of Pingora. Some highlights on the trail were looking into the East Fork Valley, gawking at Mount Hooker and hiking the high elevation Lizard Head Trail. They found mellow approaches, a great network of trails and absolutely spectacular scenery. They completed their trip with climbing in Lander and Grand Teton National Park.

Darren is the current President of the Rock Ice & Mountain Club and is honored to be part of and contribute to the local climbing community. He works locally as a field biologist/biological consultant and his wife, Natalie, is a surgical nurse.

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour 2019: Mystic Theatre, Petaluma – January 25

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Ryan Tetz: On My Own Power – Adventures Chasing Enduro Records on California’s 14ers

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour 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.

Ryan Tetz, long time Eastside resident, is an accomplished endurance athlete, mountain guide, and climber. He makes his home in Mammoth Lakes and works as nurse. Recently Ryan has focused on testing his endurance limits by combining both biking and peak bagging link ups crossing the highest peaks in the California. This last September, he attempted a new record Fastest Known Time (FKT) finishing all the California 14,000 foot summits in a little over 8 days – in a memorably epic adventure all around. “Some of the wilder moments are about as far out there as I’ve been on on my own!” Ryan also holds the current time for fastest human powered ascent from the lowest to highest points in the USA – from Badwater, Death Valley to the Mount Whitney summit among other enduro accomplishments.

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Armin Fisher – Baltoro Trek and Great Trango Tower

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour 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.

Armin Fisher will present a three week trip he took to Pakistan in June/July of 2017 with the objective of trekking up the Baltoro glacier to K2 basecamp and then climbing the beautiful Great Trango Tower by the Woolens route. “This was a fantastic adventure in post 9/11 Pakistan basically deserted by fear of terrorism”.

Armin is an American UIAGM mountain and ski guide living in Algna Valsesia at the base of the Monte Rosa in the Italian Alps. He was raised in the Napa Valley of California but has lived in Europe most of his life. Armin has multiple first ascents in Europe and has climbing experience worldwide in North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Armin is an ambassador for Marmot and founded the guide service Mountains and More.

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Josh Pearlman, Lisa Garmat & Seth Dilles – Canyonlands: Floating the Green River and Backpacking the Maze

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour 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.

Canyonlands National Park, one of five national parks in Utah, is by far the largest and considered the most remote. Join explorers Josh Pearlman, Lisa Garmat and Seth Dilles as they float and camp 56 miles on the Green River to the gate of the remote Maze District of Canyonlands where they pull out their packs to continue another 50+ miles on foot through the Maze.

Laugh with our presenters as they float for four days down the legendary Green River, exploring Ancestral Puebloan Ruins, sight bighorn sheep and lazily drift through miles of sandstone cliffs. Then to the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers and park the boats at Spanish Bottom just above the famed Cataract Canyon. From Spanish Bottom they will take you along as they climb up through the Doll House with heavy packs for a 50+ mile loop through the remote and rugged Maze District of Canyonlands. Their journey will take them up and down from the rim numerous times as they explore native petroglyphs, the mind bending Chocolate Drops in their constant search for water. For a perfect finale, they return back to Spanish Bottom to be picked up and taken back up the mighty Colorado River to Moab by jetboat.

Backpacker Magazine rated The Maze District as the most dangerous hiking in America. Park Ranger Paul Henderson is quoted as saying “You’d better be a map savant if you want to wander into–and back out of–this redrock jungle, which is full of dead-end canyons. This is not the place for inexperienced hikers”.

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