July 5 – Jeff Vargen: My Deliberate and Accidental Life in Climbing and Film

July 5 – Jeff Vargen: My Deliberate and Accidental Life in Climbing and Film

Location: Victory House, Room 200 at the Epicenter, 3125 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30)

Jeff Vargen discusses his life in climbing, filmmaking and podcasting and how opportunity is all about desire and doing. Jeff’s approach to his documentary subjects mimic solo climbing. It’s risky and you do it because you believe in your ability to succeed regardless of what others say about your choices. Jeff discuses his passion for climbing and merging that passion into his passion for story telling. Jeff will discuss his approach to climbing and adventure documentaries and how that differs from the “high profile” films that dominate the outdoor media landscape. During this presentation Jeff will show clips from his films and will premier his new film, Muse: The Love Stories. Muse features Photographer Dean Fidelman sharing the stories behind some of his iconic photographs.

Jeff’s other works include films/series: Assault on El Capitan about Ammon McNeely’s second ascent of Wings of Steel, El Cap Bridge: The Series, High Gear with Andy Torbet and West To The Sea which follows Dave Chamberlains’ unsupported run across Canada. His audiobook Everest Alone: Maurice Wilson’s 19345 Journey To Be The First To Stand on the Summit, was released last Spring. Jeff currently produces High Adventure Podcast and the YouTube series Mark Hummel’s Harmonica Party with Grammy Nominate and Blues Award winner and legendary blues harmonica player Mark Hummel.

For more information on Jeff, his website is: www.accidentalproductions.net

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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. He has decided the best way he can climb the boulder is completely free, with no ropes or pads and no one around. This climb is a notoriously highball/free solo, but no one has ever climbed it without the use of crash pads as a safety net and always with many people around. Giovanni’s aim is to make the first “free solo” ascent of Too Big to Flail.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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 your next favorite lounge/coffee/workspace in town. Founding Memberships are available until Session’s grand opening, which is expected in Spring 2022. Founding Members lock in special savings, early access, and more! Details can be found at www.sessionclimbing.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rock Ice & Mountain Club – New General Meeting Location Announcement

The Rock Ice & Mountain Club is very excited to announce that we have a new general meeting location. We will be holding our general meetings 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 at the meetings. We are stoked to start this new chapter in our club.

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