Don’t miss out on these FREE local slideshows every Wednesday through March 7th. The shows will start at 7 pm and be held at Squaw’s Oly Plaza Bar as part of the series put on by Truckee’s The Backcountry. Here’s a little background on the final four shows of the season.
Wed Feb 15th – 7pm Todd Offenbacher (above photo)
South Shore climber/skier and high-on-life Todd Offenbacher’s dedication to climbing the REAL mountains of the world sometimes goes un-noticed by locals, because he gets so much done around here. In this show we will hear about his recent climb/rigging project on El Capitan with Steve Wampler who has cerebral palsy. Steve lives his own life helping those in wheelchairs get into the mountains, and powered out 20,000 pull ups with Todd and others to scale the 3000′ vertical rock face of El Cap. Todd will also show us his recent epic trip to the Brooks Range in Alaska, where he suffered rough conditions for YOU guys to just enjoy hearing about in the comfort of the Oly Plaza bar couches! He will also share some Sierra secret granite spots, and few tales from back in the day. More than anything, Todd’s enthusiasm for fun in the mountains will infect you.
Wed Feb 22nd – 7pm John Morrison
John shreds. Waves, singletrack, KT 22, High Sierra Couloirs, and pretty much anything in front of him. You don’t hear the details usually, but many locals do know it’s going on and get inspired by just the thought: “I wonder what JM and friends are doing this weekend…” Last Year John skied from the highest possible point on all of California’s 14ers. That’s all in one season, nailing more than one ski descent in a day on a few occasions. He skins fast, but will talk slow for us to catch some ideas of our own for High Sierra Backcountry Skiing.
Wed Feb 29th – 7pm John Moynier
You have his guidebooks, and wondered about this golden era of High Sierra exploration in the 80’s. He was also a mountain guide and avalanche forecaster in Bishop. We found him hiding out in the foothills and have a really fun night in store for everyone, as John tells the stories behind those short blurbs we read over and over and over in his High Sierra Guidebooks.
Wed March 7th – 7pm Peter Mayfield
Another over achiever Truckee resident, Peter has some inspiring and varied topics to share with us. Peter Mayfield, director of the local Gateway Mountain Center, is a creative force of nature…with world class first ascents on El Capitan and Half Dome, visionary High Sierra skate-ski solos, high flying aerial dance performances, and a long career of good works – connecting youth to the natural world. Join us for an exhilarating evening of hair-raising big walls, breathless alpine solos, and films of spectacular vertical dance performances, such as Peregrine Dreams – on the Shield Headwall, and Luminescent Flights next to Upper Yosemite Falls…