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 five Organic crashpads. Five and a half years later the business remains small, but now the company also rents camping equipment, surfboards, wetsuits, and more.

V18 Rentals strives to have employee diversity and continues to collaborate and organize outings with many groups within the outdoor community. www.V18rentals.com @v18rentals

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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, horseshoe court and a children play area.

We will provide charcoal, a large green salad and a small keg of Henhouse Brewery’s delicious beer. You just need to bring your own meat to BBQ. If you can bring other side dishes, drinks or other treats feel free or email Darren at dwiemeyer@hotmail.com to coordinate.

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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 one candle than to curse the darkness!

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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 climb with us on some of these more hidden gems.

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May 18 – Mount Saint Helena Adopt-A-Crag

St. Helena Adopt-a-Crag 2019

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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 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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