Alex Sebastian, Loie Sauer and Harrison Hood – Journey into the Ancient Kingdom of Lo

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 @ 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.

On their recent trip, Alex, Loie and Harrison journey with the American Himalayan Foundation a full day out of Pokhara, Nepal by jeep up the Kali Gandaki River, then 5 days by horseback through the ancient Kingdom of Lo to their final destination, Lo Monthang, the region’s walled capital city, founded in 1380. Now known as Upper Mustang, the region is located in the rain shadow of the Annapurna Range allowing them passage during the Himalayan monsoon season.

Mustang is one of the last vestiges of pure Tibetan Buddhist culture. Ironically, this region of Nepal bulges northward into Tibet but so far China has respected Nepal’s border and therefore Mustang has not experienced the devastation that has resulted in Tibet.

Along the way they visit many of the villages where the AHF has humanitarian projects ranging from schools and daycare centers to clinics and a Mother’s collective. Upon reaching Lo Monthang, they bear witness to the sacred art restoration work orchestrated by the AHF over 20 years within the Thubchen gompa (monastery). Luigi Fieni, a master restoration artist, has spent the last two decades teaching local artists in restoration techniques using natural pigments and ancient methods. Please visit luigifieni.com for more information on their work.

Mustang’s terrain is extremely rugged and vast with the feel that several Grand Canyons could easily fit within a single vista. At the outset, traveling by horseback seemed like it would be a preferred mode of transport but they were surprised how exhausting such travel could be. Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard, wrote of this region in his 1995 book, East of Lo Monthang.

Some twenty years ago, Rock Ice & Mountain Club founder Harrison Hood brought Alex Sebastian into the fold as a volunteer with the American Himalayan Foundation, a non-profit organization which funds humanitarian work in the Himalayas. Dr. Loie Sauer has now joined the ranks. Projects include healthcare, hospitals and schools, Stop Girl Trafficking, and cultural revival. These projects help vulnerable people across the Himalaya put distance between themselves and desperation, allowing them dignity and providing hope. Please visit www.himalayan-foundation.org for more information on this incredible foundation.

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Charlie Barrett – Guidebooks and Hard California Traditional First Ascents

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 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.

Charlie Barrett is a native of Sonoma County, who has spent many years living in Tahoe and Mammoth. Charlie is a respected climber and guidebook author. He has authored bouldering guides for the Bishop area, Mammoth area and Tuolumne Meadows. As a sponsored athlete for Asana Climbing, Camp-USA, Static Climbing, Fixie Hardware and Maxim Ropes, Charlie has already made his mark with first ascents of many boulder problems and rock climbs in the region. He has also on a guest to summit all of the Sierra Club- Sierra Peaks Section Peaks in the Sierra Nevada range.

Charlie returns to talk about his Mammoth and Bishop guidebooks and updates to the Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Guidebook. He also shares his recent run of some hard traditional first ascents in Tahoe and Joshua Tree. You can purchase his guidebooks through http://flashpress.net/

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Road Tour 2020 – January 24, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma

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Scott Peterson – A Line In The Sand

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 @ 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 “Plaid” Peterson is a self described adventure climber, who in 2016 and 2017, established a first ascent with legendary aid climber Richard Jensen on the Cottontail Tower in the Fisher Towers outside of Moab, Utah. They spent three weeks cleaning, jugging, engineering creative placements, and straining sand through bandannas covering their mouths to finish the first three pitches. Richard led the spicy first two pitches, the crux of the route, consisting of hooking on holes followed by traversing terrain with very little gear that could sustain a fall. Scott led the third pitch, which began with rock so hard it bent pitons. The layers forming the Fisher Towers change in density every ten feet or so from very dense rock to the consistency of kitty litter. The remainder of the third pitch featured crumbly knobs and irregular edges that Scott hooked with Richard’s homemade hooks he calls “claws.”

They returned the following year and faced a series of chandeliered mud curtains. There was nothing Richard could do but hack away and dig under these hanging horrors. As the 30 to 40 pound globs fell to the ground they looked like meteors with a swirling plume of dirty smoke trailing all the way to the ground. They also suffered through an offwidth chimney, which they bolted with 3/8-inch bolts and hangers so that it can be free climbed in the future. The summit pitch finished on the tail of the Cottontail.

They named their 10-pitch route “Line in the Sand”. They decided to rate the route BLT because all aid ratings are subjective, especially in the Fisher Towers where the first ascent experience can’t be replicated. If pressed, it would suffice to say the route is hard aid. For those adventurers willing to suffer in order to scale bizarre and unexpected rock reminiscent of Patagonian ice formations, bring your most creative aid skills.

Scott “Plaid” Peterson started climbing in 2004 at 42 years old. He is now 57 and is not done yet. He’s not a super athlete, just a mere mortal and enjoys the process as much as the pure climbing. He’s more interested in the adventure and the story than just checking off the tick list. Scott is currently the Technical Gear Rep for Totem Cams USA. Scott’s climbing accomplishments include: First El Capitan route aid solo Zodiac 14 days – 2013; Tempest with team 24 days. Most gear hauled up El Capitan – 2015; First Ascent “Line In The Sand” – Cottontail Tower – Fisher Towers – Utah 2017; Second solo ascent Blood and Coin 35 days all together. 27 Days on The Wall – 2018; Second ascent solo Horns of Jericho – Jericho Wall Yosemite 2019 over 30 days on the Wall.thumbnail_image4

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New Years Climbing and Camping Trip to Red Rocks, Nevada: December 27 – January 1, 2020

New Years Climbing and Camping Trip to Red Rocks, Nevada: December 27 – January 1, 2020

The Rock Ice & Mountain Club has booked 3 campsites at Red Rocks near Las Vegas, Nevada from Friday, December 27 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. We have space for 24 people. To sign up go to the contact page of our website at http://www.rockicemountain.com/contact-us and include Red Rocks Trip in your email.

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Will Hunt – A Tramp Abroad: Thru Hiking New Zealand’s Long Path

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, December 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.

Te Araroa, meaning The Long Path in Maori, is a recently developed 1800 mile-long hiking trail running the length of New Zealand. Similar to long distance trails in the US like the Pacific Crest Trail, Te Araroa is quickly gaining popularity and attracting adventurous soles from across the globe. Intrigued by the idea of exploring a foreign country by foot, Will Hunt set out on Te Araroa in January of 2019 with a goal of walking the length of New Zealand and experiencing all that it has to offer.

Will Hunt is an outdoor enthusiast currently residing in Santa Rosa, CA. Born into a military family that moved frequently, Will gained a passion for nature and exploration at an early age. In this presentation, Will shares experiences from his five month journey through the beautiful scenery and culture of New Zealand, as well as the inward journey that occurs during a long distance backpacking trip.

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Nov. 29 – Dec. 1: Thanksgiving Weekend Climbing and Camping Trip – Patrick’s Point State Park, Humboldt County

The Rock Ice & Mountain Club has finally organized a climbing and camping trip!!! We have booked several campsites at Patrick Point State Park on the beautiful north coast in Humboldt County. Patrick Point is central to many climbing and bouldering spots on the coast and inland. There is even some great climbing on the coast in Patrick Point State Park that is walking distance from the campground. We have booked three campsites for two nights – Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30. There are currently many available campsites for Sunday night, December 1 that we can reserve if there is interest in staying a third night. We will have availability for 24 people.

It will be a crap shoot on the weather. Sometimes it can be perfect weather in November or it can be rain. We will take our chances. If it does rain, there is great hiking in the redwoods and Arcata has a climbing gym. Check out Mountain Project for information on many of the climbing areas: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105846963/redwood-coast

To sign up, go to the Contact page at www.rockicemountain.com and send Darren Wiemeyer a message. Please include Patrick’s Point Trip in the message.

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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 consists of:
• A 15 minute engaging video showing the destructive power of avalanches and how you can prepare yourself to stay safe in avalanche terrain.
• A slide presentation with more details about the five steps of preparation to ensure the safest possible experience while traveling in avalanche terrain.
• Discussion with questions and answers.

Richard Bothwell has been riding and guiding in Lassen Volcanic National Park since 1996. He guides for his company, the Outdoor Adventure Club, as well as teaching avalanche classes for Feather River College, Lake Tahoe Community College and Tahoe Mountain Sports. Below are links to the Outdoor Adventure Club website and social media platforms.

Website: OutdoorAdventureClub.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/outdooradventureclubsf/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/outdoor_adventure_club/

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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 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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