Our Speakers

Don’t miss the “Main Event” – legendary climbers streaming live to our Vermont audience, all on the big screen at the Sunset Drive-In on Thursday, September 17th!

RON KAUK

YOSEMITE LEGEND

 

Ron’s climbing accomplishments are many, but they all involve expanding the horizons of climbing.

In 1975, he made the first free ascent of the east face of Washington Column with John Long and John Bachar, renaming the route Astroman (5.11c).  Astroman held title as the hardest long free route in Yosemite Valley for over 10 years.

Also notable was Separate Reality (5.12a), an intimidating roof crack which Kauk originally climbed in 1978 without camming devices.  The same year he put up Midnight Lightning (V8), one of America’s best known bouldering problems because of its difficulty and convenient location in the Camp 4 campground.

Kauk went on to put up the hardest routes in Yosemite, such as the rap-bolted Crossroads (5.13a) in 1990 and Magic Line (5.14c) which he climbed in 1997 on pre-placed gear, which Ron considers one of his “lifetime accomplishment” climbs because of its difficulty.  In Tuolumne Meadows he rap-bolted a route that Bachar had started in a ground-up style, provocatively naming the route Peace (5.13c/d).

Ron Kauk on Wikipedia

Visit Ron Kauk’s organization, Sacred Rok, and learn how he is transforming the lives of young people through climbing.

PETE WHITTAKER

PROFESSIONAL CLIMBER & ONE HALF of the WIDEBOYZ

 

The first person to solo-free climb El Capitan in a day, Pete Whittaker is a renowned crack climber, speaker, author and one half of the Wideboyz, widely seen by audiences as part of the Reel Rock series.

Pete regularly teaches climbing courses and presents at climbing events around the world, from festivals such as the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, The Telegraph London Outdoor Show, and Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, to local climbing clubs, gyms, and walls.

Visit Pete’s website.