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

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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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Ryan Tetz: On My Own Power – Adventures Chasing Enduro Records on California’s 14ers

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, December 4, 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.

Ryan Tetz, long time Eastside resident, is an accomplished endurance athlete, mountain guide, and climber. He makes his home in Mammoth Lakes and works as nurse. Recently Ryan has focused on testing his endurance limits by combining both biking and peak bagging link ups crossing the highest peaks in the California. This last September, he attempted a new record Fastest Known Time (FKT) finishing all the California 14,000 foot summits in a little over 8 days – in a memorably epic adventure all around. “Some of the wilder moments are about as far out there as I’ve been on on my own!” Ryan also holds the current time for fastest human powered ascent from the lowest to highest points in the USA – from Badwater, Death Valley to the Mount Whitney summit among other enduro accomplishments.

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Armin Fisher – Baltoro Trek and Great Trango Tower

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, November 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.

Armin Fisher will present a three week trip he took to Pakistan in June/July of 2017 with the objective of trekking up the Baltoro glacier to K2 basecamp and then climbing the beautiful Great Trango Tower by the Woolens route. “This was a fantastic adventure in post 9/11 Pakistan basically deserted by fear of terrorism”.

Armin is an American UIAGM mountain and ski guide living in Algna Valsesia at the base of the Monte Rosa in the Italian Alps. He was raised in the Napa Valley of California but has lived in Europe most of his life. Armin has multiple first ascents in Europe and has climbing experience worldwide in North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Armin is an ambassador for Marmot and founded the guide service Mountains and More.

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Josh Pearlman, Lisa Garmat & Seth Dilles – Canyonlands: Floating the Green River and Backpacking the Maze

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, October 2, 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.

Canyonlands National Park, one of five national parks in Utah, is by far the largest and considered the most remote. Join explorers Josh Pearlman, Lisa Garmat and Seth Dilles as they float and camp 56 miles on the Green River to the gate of the remote Maze District of Canyonlands where they pull out their packs to continue another 50+ miles on foot through the Maze.

Laugh with our presenters as they float for four days down the legendary Green River, exploring Ancestral Puebloan Ruins, sight bighorn sheep and lazily drift through miles of sandstone cliffs. Then to the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers and park the boats at Spanish Bottom just above the famed Cataract Canyon. From Spanish Bottom they will take you along as they climb up through the Doll House with heavy packs for a 50+ mile loop through the remote and rugged Maze District of Canyonlands. Their journey will take them up and down from the rim numerous times as they explore native petroglyphs, the mind bending Chocolate Drops in their constant search for water. For a perfect finale, they return back to Spanish Bottom to be picked up and taken back up the mighty Colorado River to Moab by jetboat.

Backpacker Magazine rated The Maze District as the most dangerous hiking in America. Park Ranger Paul Henderson is quoted as saying “You’d better be a map savant if you want to wander into–and back out of–this redrock jungle, which is full of dead-end canyons. This is not the place for inexperienced hikers”.

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Mike Ousley – Bikepacking For All

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

Time & Date: Tuesday, September 4, 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.

Do you dream of bikepacking? Well, it’s time to wake up, gear up and get out. Bikepacking is not for only mutant racer-types and crusty globetrotters with too much time off. Bikepacking is for everyone and it’s not difficult. Learn some basic approaches, strategies and other insider voodoo that are sure to equip the novice bikepacker to, at the very least, get into trouble far from home…or, possibly, have the indelible adventure of a lifetime!

Mike Ousley started bikepacking in 1975 at age 14, beginning with a six-day tour of central Arizona. Since then he has gravitated to off-road touring and trail riding, including ticks of the Colorado Trail, Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, Arizona Trail and other lengthy routes. Mike likes to ride self-supported – solo, tandem and with occasional partners. He splits recreational time between cycling, rock climbing and other casual pursuits, and has completed numerous grade VI climbs in Yosemite and elsewhere, both solo and partnered. Vocationally, he’s a freelance writer, graphic designer and a brand ambassador for Guerrilla Gravity Bikes in Denver. His base camp is in Orange County, California.

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