Presentations

WEDNESDAY

Adaptive Film 8pm Mather Auditorium
Jim Ewing – a Sterling Rope engineer and below-the-knee amputee – enlists professional climber, Maureen Beck – born without her left hand – to attempt the first all-adaptive ascent of the über classic and deeply remote Lotus Flower Tower (5.10+) in Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbables. As their adventure unfolds, we see that the ability to adapt is universal and a common thread that unites us.
FRIDAY
Gone Tomorrow The Story of Kentucky Ice Climbing- Mike Wilkinson  7pm Mather Auditorium
Ice climbing in Kentucky?! This adventure documentary takes the audience for a bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they’re gone, with a few surprises along the way. When most folks think of Kentucky, horses and bourbon are probably the first two things that come to mind.

What most people don’t know, is that nearly every winter for just a brief moment, their exists more frozen waterfalls than anywhere else in the lower 48, maybe even the whole world.

For the last 40 years, small groups of dedicated adventurers have been searching out and climbing this ice with a determined passion, because they know if it’s climbable today, it’ll probably be gone tomorrow.

Steve House • 8pm • Mather AuditoriumHouse spent a good amount of time amping up his climbing career and portfolio with amazing alpine ascents in Alaska, theCanadian Rockies, and Pakistan. A life-threatening injury left him in a position where he decided to focus on other important things rather than becoming the best climber. House is now happily married and is a partner of Skyward Mountaineering. Along with his current alpine pursuits, House spends his time guiding, teaching, and writing about climbing.

Accomplishments:
• Made first ascent of the House-Anderson route, WI5+ M8 R/X on Canada’s Mount Alberta
• Made first ascent of K7 West in Pakistan
• Made first ascent of the House-Hayle route on Canada’s Mount Robson
• Awarded the People’s Award for the 14th Piolet d’Or for his solo ascent of the Southwest face of K7, making it the second ascent of the mountain and the first ascent of the route

 

SATURDAY

Paul Mcsorleypm Community Center

It’s nothing short of a miracle that climbing came into my life and saved me from mediocrity. My compulsion has taken me to dozens of countries on five continents, and I’m not done yet. Paul’s drive for climbing comes from the unknown of each new route and the camaraderie of the friends that join him. Spirited and gregarious, Paul has had many first ascents, including The Canadian Route on Fitz Roy, Beluga Spire’s Harpoon and the Southwest Buttress on the NW Summit of Mt. Waddington.  The last few years, paragliding has become a fun combo activity for me. It’s a great way to pass a rest day or the quick way down off a big route. By far the funnest part about climbing and flying is all the great humans I meet along the way.

 

Himalayan Ice: Adventures in India’s Most Remote Valley – Documentary  7pm Mather Auditorium

In December 2018, alpinists Ari Novak and Karsten Delap set out for India to explore one of the most remote valleys in the Indian Himalaya with local climber Karn Kowshik. Their goal was to meet with the indigenous population of the Spiti Valley and try to support local ice climbing. What they found was perhaps the biggest treasure trove of unclimbed ice in all the Himalaya. Himalayan Ice tells the history-making story of their journey to put up 9 first ascents and start an ice climbing movement by the local population. From their journey to the valley along the most treacherous road on earth to walking amongst Snow Leopards, the expedition was anything but expected.


Conrad Anker 8pm Mather Auditorium
You won’t want to miss this one! Hold Fast: From Yosemite to Everest to Meru, Conrad recounts the most prominent stories and pivotal points of his life of mountaineering.

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