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Climbtalk 3/15/19

Hannah Morrison

Mike Donaldson, Patrick Aschwanden, Fritz Sperry, Taylor Reed, Shane Leva & Tenny Ostrem.


Accomplished Big Waller, former YOSAR member, certified rock climbing guide, & Denver native Mike Donaldson talked about rescuing Hans Florine off The Big Stone, climbing in California, and guiding in Boulder.  Accomplished boulderer Patrick Aschwanden talked about adventuring in the desert and climbing in Eldorado Springs, west of Boulder.  Fitz Sperry, author and avalanche expert shed some light on our current high avalanche danger in the High Country and the necessary 4 elements.  Taylor Reed from the Beta Angels talked about putting more 'science in climbing'. His Beta Angel Research Inventory is a great source for climbers. Shane Leva, avalanche expert and AMGA guide from Mountain Chalet in Colorado Springs talked about the avalanche danger in the Pikes Peak region. He also discussed how during their 50 years in the outdoor industry, Mountain Chalet has been actively involved in community building. He talked about the via ferratas in Colorado Springs, Ouray, Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, and the closure of Ute Pass bouldering as well. Tenny Ostrem along with her thru hiking pal, Claire walked the U.S. Mexico border 1900 miles from San Diego to Brownsville Texas alone. Their 1900 mile adventure on foot in 175 days is a cool testament to following one’s passion and sense of what’s possible.