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 Echo and Cathedral Peaks, and linking Royal Arches into Crest Jewel Direct on North Dome in Yosemite. It is these climbs and the camaraderie they build that prepped them for the Evolution Traverse.

The Evolution Traverse was more challenging than either of them anticipated in every aspect. Logistically, physically, but most of all – mentally. Through perseverance, dedication, and love and support of each other they managed to complete the full traverse in 3 days. Kevin and Steve truly made the perfect team! They carried B-Rad vibes with them the whole way, added some B-Rad stickers to the summit registers, and found Rob McKay and Jerry Dodrill’s summit registries from 5 years ago – to the day! In this presentation we will be discussing the challenges this climb presented and how their teamwork was able to overcome them.

Kevin Radle has been climbing for about 10 years and has spent his early years developing traditional climbing skills through big multi-pitch climbs at places like Yosemite Valley, Red Rocks, Indian Creek, Joshua Tree and Tuolumne Meadows. The last few years, Kevin has focused on taking his learned skills to the back-country, alpine style climbs the Sierra have to offer. Kevin works as the general manager at Vertex Climbing Center in Santa Rosa.

Steve Wheeler is one bad ass dude who will take the lead when you wimp out.
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