Mountaineer, climber, skier, and award-winning author Doug Robinson will speak in Reno at a special benefit for the Reno-based advocacy group, Snowlands Network. The lecture and slideshow, “Wild in the Sierra: Backcountry Skiing the Highest Sierra,” which will feature Robinson’s reflections about his 50 years of climbing and skiing throughout the Sierra, will take place at the Patagonia Outlet in Reno, Nev. on March 10.
Robinson, the recipient of the 2010 American Alpine Club Literary Award, has given voice to the thoughts and concerns of the climbing community ever since he articulated his ideas about “clean climbing” in the early 1970’s, arguing that rock climbers should climb in a way that left no trace of their ascents. Robinson’s writing has led some to call him the “bard of the climbing community;” he has been referred to as a “modern day John Muir” because of the poetic way in which he combines adventure and observations about the natural environment. His climbing video, “Moving Over Stone,” was a best seller, and has taught several generations of climbers how to take to rock and mountains.
The first President of the American Mountain Guides Association, Robinson was also a pioneer of Sierra ski touring, having made numerous traverses across the Range, including a 1970 traverse of the John Muir Trail. He was also instrumental in introducing modern ice climbing to the United States, in first ascents in the Sierra and beyond.
“Doug’s pure philosophy of taking to wilderness is emblematic of what we represent as advocates of human-powered winter travel in the Sierra,” says Gail Ferrell, President of Snowlands Network.
Robinson will speak on Thur., Mar. 10 at the Patagonia Service Center, at 8550 White Fir Street, in Reno. Tickets are available on the Snowlands website, www.snowlands.org, and at the event if still available. Prices are $20 in advance for Snowlands Network members, $25 in advance for non-members, and $30 at the door for everyone. The doors will open and the silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.
About Snowlands Network : Snowlands Network is the only 501c3 organization in California and Nevada dedicated to representing the needs of backcountry skiers, snowshoers, snowboarders and other outdoors people who value the physical and spiritual joys of winter and winter travel using their own muscle power. Their goal is to promote safety and serenity on every winter adventure.
– Written by: Michelle Montoya