Henry Crigler – Hiking The Deepest River Valley

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, May 1, 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.

After graduating from North Carolina State in 1968, Henry Crigler found his services in great demand by the Army. At the time, Henry didn’t have an interest in long walks in the jungle, so instead he went on a cruise. A really long cruise to the Tonkin Gulf. In the ship’s library, he found a number of mountaineering books including Annapurna, The White Spider, and The Ascent of Everest. His interest kindled, Henry determined to travel to Nepal to see the highest mountains for himself. In January 1972, his commitment to the Navy over and done, he took an overseas release from duty. He left the aircraft carrier Constellation with a backpack and scant information and set off to travel the world. He arrived in Kathmandu in early April and began planning his trek into the Himalaya.

There were few provisions or maps to be found, and little trekking information except for swapping stories with other travelers. Most of the travelers Henry met were there for the hashish and divine enlightenment, so were of little help. Undeterred, he got his trekking permit, found a crude map at a street vendor and off he went. The trek, one of three allowed by the government, was from Pokhara to Jomsom, which followed the course of the Kali Gandaki river between Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massif, both 8,000 meter peaks, making this the earth’s deepest river valley.

While his interest was initially focused on the scenery, he found the people and their culture to be most fascinating. He had not seen people living in such primitive, harsh conditions. Water was fetched from the river, often at some distance. Medical care was non-existent. Several times, a villager would approach with an abscessed molar or a nasty cut that should be sutured. He could do nothing but hand out aspirin. Tilling the terraces was done behind a buffalo with a wooden plow. All goods of trade were carried on the backs (and tumpline) of young men in flip flops. The primary product going uphill was kerosene. The typical load was 4, even 5, 5 gallon cans. Now there’s a road to Jomsom…or you can fly there.

“I am fortunate to have made this trek 46 years ago. This remains one of the most indelible and formative experiences of my life” – Henry Crigler.

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Brooke Barnes – Messages from the Mountains: A Climber’s Journey of Ascension

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, April 3, 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.

Brooke Barnes is a marine biologist, a former boat captain for the National Undersea Research Center and a professional SCUBA instructor, river guide and mountaineering guide. Brooke has traveled extensively around the world, leading others while exploring and climbing some of the world’s most notable peaks. Brooke likes to push the boundaries of status quo and is motivated by increasing self-awareness. She naturally excels at sharing information and building team relationships. She is capable of recognizing individual skills and building upon those strengths for ultimate success. Her passion for assisting others in finding their inner confidence and knowing their physical capabilities are the foundation of her motivations.

Brooke’s presentation will be based on sharing the messages she has learned from being in nature and how it has become the guiding force in her life. She will share her experience in hopes of relating to the audience and to hear their inspired messages as well. It is Brooke’s belief that being in nature requires us to explore our internal landscape, and as a result of that commitment, we are rewarded with getting to know who we really are. It is at this point we gain self-confidence and start being authentically ourselves. Brooke will also explore how we can relate to our modern world when it seems so out of touch with nature.

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Bay Area Climbers Coalition – Metropolitan Climbing Stewardship

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, March 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.

Leaders from the Bay Area Climbers Coalition will discuss challenges and opportunities facing local crags in a high-population region with land managers ranging from city parks departments to the National Park Service.

The Bay Area Climbers Coalition is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on preserving access to our local outdoor areas by actively fostering positive relationships with land managers, hosting stewardship events, and providing educational programming for the climbing community.

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Chelsea Rude – The Allure of Climbing

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours 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.

Chelsea Rude is a professional climber, coach and sponsored athlete with Adidas Outdoor, LaSportiva, Petzl and Organic Climbing. Chelsea currently resides in Boulder, CO where she spends most of her time rock climbing and training for competition. She also coaches the youth programs at Movement and is one of the youth US Team coaches.

Join Chelsea as she reflects on the last 20 years of her climbing career as she shares various adventures and discusses what it is about climbing that is so special and what brings her back for more.

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Tim Terry – Sea Breeze To Thin Air

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours 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.

Tim Terry is a Sonoma County local with a passion for surfing and climbing. Above everything else, he loves nothing more than to photograph his travels and immerse himself with his surrounding. Tim will bring us on a visual adventure of his year long travels, starting the year off in Nicaragua with some surfing and culture. Then, a short trip back home to California for more surf pleasure. Finally, off to Alaska where he works with a dog sled team preparing for the Iditarod. Tim also tries his best to escape to the mountains as much as possible. It is hard not to when Denali is in your backyard.

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival – Road Tour 2018: January 26 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA

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Doug Stoup – Skiing The Planet

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours 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.

Doug Stoup is an explorer, environmentalist, humanitarian, father and husband. Doug is the world’s leading polar adventurer who has skied to both the North and South Poles. Doug has lead international scientific expeditions to both poles, including Poletrack, in which he pioneered locator beacons that track climate change for scientists.

Doug is an International Polar Guide and Mountain Guide that owns and operates Ice Axe Expeditions which leads back country skiers and boarders to some of the most remote locations on the planet, including Antarctica, Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, Kamchatka, Kashmir, India, Morocco, Alaska, Canada, Chile and Argentina.

Doug is also the founder and President of the Ice Axe Foundation. He is an educator dedicated to sharing the profound beauty and fragility of our planet and continues to push the limits of human endurance leading disabled adventurers in the polar environments while raising money for charities.

Doug encourages you to join him as he shares images, videos and stories of some incredible ski expeditions and other expeditions you might wish to put on your bucket list.

http://dougstoup.com/
www.iceaxe.tv
www.iceaxe.org
Instagram: @Icemandoug
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dougstoup/

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Will Ross – Learning to Through Hike on the Pacific Northwest Trail

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours 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.

Will Ross has dreamed of completing a thru-hike since first hearing about the Appalachian Trail at the age of 10. Approaching 30 he realized it’s time to quit dreaming and start hiking! In the summer of 2017 Will tackled one of America’s most rugged National Scenic Trails, the Pacific Northwest Trail.

Go on a journey from the Continental Divide in Montana, to the Olympic Coast of Washington as Will shares his pictures and experiences from his 1200 mile backpacking odyssey on the PNT. Learn about our newest National Scenic Trail, hiker trash, trail magic, and what it feels like to eat a half gallon of ice cream in one sitting.

Will Ross was born in Germany, but lived all over the US growing up, thanks to his father’s career in the military. Will grew to love the outdoors from an early age, taking family hiking, camping, and fishing trips in Colorado, Arizona, and West Virginia. Will has spent the last 12 years in Hawaii and California, where his passion for the outdoors continues to grow.

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Angie Corwin – My Gratitude Project

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 7:30 PM (Social hours 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.

After two years riding an emotional roller coaster, Angie Corwin decided she had had enough stinking thinking polluting her mind and impacting her life. With five weeks off from work, she took to the road to explore three states she has spent little time in before – Utah, Colorado and Wyoming – in hopes of finding gratitude for this thing called life. And it worked!

Angie visited four National Parks; two National Monuments; rock climbed in each state including Joe’s Valley, Vedauvoo, and Ten Sleep; hiked many lesser known trails and camped on a lot of BLM and Forest Service land. Angie will talk about what it’s like to be female and travel alone, how she managed cleanliness, and tips and tricks for living out of a car or van. Join Angie as she recreates for you her physical, emotional and spiritual journey through photos of unique landscape, wild flowers and lots of selfies.

Angie was born in Ashland Oregon and spent a short stint in Arizona before moving to California, where her family has lived up and down the state since she was young. Rock climbing captivated both Angie and her father who began climbing together 20 years ago in Southern California. Together they navigated the sport without gyms and very few guide books for local crags. Always one for encouraging her to push her limits, Angie’s father made a deal with her that if she could complete her first 11a, the classic Planet of the Apes route in Malibu Creek State Park in three months, then he would give her a car. With very few minutes to spare, Angie made it to the top and got her car!

Over the years, Angie’s motivation for rock climbing, camping and general adventuring has shifted in many directions but has always been a big contributor to her sense of self. Angie has rock climbed in 11 states and Thailand and believes that each place is amazing in its own way. In 2005, she traveled around the country rock climbing for three months. This was the first time she traveled alone and now makes a point to do a solo trip each year.

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