Events




Richard Bothwell – Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, November 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. 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. The program … READ MORE

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November 2: Pete Whittaker of the Wide Boyz – Slideshow Presentation at Vertex Climbing Center

The Rock Ice & Mountain Club is excited to announce a special event with Vertex Climbing Center. Pete Whittaker of the Wide Boyz is giving a presentation on November 2 at 7:30pm at Vertex. This event is free for Rock Ice & Mountain Club and Vertex members and $20 for non-members. To sign up for this event either call Vertex at (707) 573-1608 or sign up at the front desk at Vertex.

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Kevin Radle & Steve Wheeler – Building a Solid Partnership for the Evolution Traverse in the High Sierra

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, October 1, 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. Kevin Radle and Steve Wheeler will present their big High Sierra climbs with a focus on their recent completion of the Evolution Traverse. Their first climbing trip together was in the summer of 2014 where they climbed the three big arêtes, Venusian Blind, Moon Goddess and Sun-Ribbon on Temple Crag. They knew right away that they’d be lifelong adventure partners. Over the last few years they have managed to tick off some of the larger alpine ascents the High Sierra has to offer. These include Dark Star (5.10c) – a 16 pitch Grade V alpine route that ascends the 2,500ft face of Temple Crag, My Favorite Things (5.10a) – a 15 pitch Grade IV alpine route that ascends the 3,000ft face of Clouds Rest, the full Matthes Crest traverse linked with … READ MORE

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Scott Elfstrom – V18 Rentals

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, September 3, 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. Scott Elfstrom is climber, surfer, skier, mountain biker, and environmentalist. His twenties were dominated by his passion for big mountain skiing which he did more than one hundred days a winter and climbing which he was able to do all year round. Before his thirties, he had moved seasonally between Salt Lake City, Tahoe, Boulder, Denver, Portland, New Hampshire, Providence, Whistler, and Las Vegas. When it was time for Scott to make a transition he moved to Mill Valley, CA where some good friends had invited him to be their housemate. A year later he was captivated by the scenery, the waves at Ocean Beach, and running a small business. The business that he founded is called V18 Rentals. In 2014, Scott purchased the initial rental inventory items which consisted of … READ MORE

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BBQ Social Gathering – Finley Community Park, Santa Rosa

Location: Finley Community Park, Santa Rosa, CA Date: August 6, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Directions: Finley Community Park is located at the corner of Stony Point Road and West College Avenue in Santa Rosa. From Highway 12 take the Stony Point Road Exit and go south. Take a right at Finley Park Drive, go left past a water fountain and park in the Finley Park Overflow Parking Lot. Or from Highway 101, take the College Avenue Exit and go west on West College Avenue. Take a left onto Stony Point Road, then left at Finely Park Drive. Go left past a water fountain and park in the Finley Park Overflow Parking Lot. We will be in the gazebo area right next to the parking lot. Summer is in full force with great weather and long days. We do not have a presenter for our August general meeting, so we have decided to host an informal BBQ social gathering at Finley Community Park in Santa Rosa. This social gathering is open to anyone. Please tell your friends and family and feel free to invite anyone who you think would like to attend. There is a volley ball court, basketball court, … READ MORE

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Sam Trimboli

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, July 2, 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. Sam Trimboli is a Sonoma County native from Monte Rio, CA. He grew up surfing in Sonoma County and pursued it whole heartedly into his mid 20’s, traveling around the world to do so. Sam found climbing at the age of 25 after a car accident effected his ability to surf as often as he did in the past. Sam’s presentation will provide a background to his surfing and climbing history and document a recent sport climbing trip to the Red River Gorge In Kentucky.

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Fred Ptucha – Climbers for Peace in Iran

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, June 4, 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. Come and hear the amazing adventure in Citizen Diplomacy of six Americans led by Fred Ptucha, who joined with members of Iran’s Mountaineering Federation to summit Damavand, an 18,605 foot volcano that is sacred to the Persian people. At age 75, Fred was the oldest American to ever summit Damavand. After leaving the mountain they visited five Iranian cities and had meetings with hundreds of ordinary Iranian citizens. Most of them had never met an American. The people were amazingly warm and friendly and said how much they loved America even though they did not like our government. With Trump, Bolton and Pompeo threating war on Iran, this is an opportunity to see the faces of the people that the United States warmongers want to kill. It is better to light … READ MORE

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Evan Wisheropp – The Unknown Classics of Far Northwest California

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa Time & Date: Tuesday, May 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. Evan Wisheropp has been climbing for 21 years and has lived and climbed in Humboldt County the last ten years. He has made it his goal to explore all of the climbing in Far Northwestern California; repeating old classics, rediscovering old forgotten routes, and has developed over 150 local routes of his own. In his presentation he will be sharing photos and descriptions of many of the 56 crags listed in his upcoming guidebook, with hopes to give Californians a glimpse behind the immense Redwood Curtain. This presentation will cover the huge variety of coastal sandstone, inland limestone, and alpine granite and marble. The presentation will also hint towards the wealth of new routes still awaiting development. Hopefully, in the end, it may convince some motivated climbers to come visit and … READ MORE

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May 18 – Mount Saint Helena Adopt-A-Crag

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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 2, 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 … READ MORE

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