The Summit

November 16, 6:30–11 p.m. at the Melody Center

Presented by Grivel; Hosted by the Mazamas

The Summit is the night where our mountain community comes together to celebrate everything we love about the outdoors. Don your finest non-climbing gear, and head on out to the newly remodeled Melody Center, for an evening with your friends for fun, food, and tales of inspiration and adventure.

Our night will feature stories of courage in the face of adversity, first ascents, pushing boundaries, and more as we hear from our two keynote speakers of the evening. Hear from Quinn Brett & Libby Sauter on what it means to be inspired, and Alan Rousseau on what the life of a mountain guide is really like.

There will be a bucketed raffle, where you get to choose the items you hope to take home with you! Raffle items will include hard goods such as ice axes, trekking poles, stoves, along with soft goods such as jackets, boots, packs, and base layers. We'll also bring back the popular Golden Ticket raffle that was launched last year, that features BIG prizes and a limited number of entries.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres are included in your ticket. There are menu items to meet the needs of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan attendees. Menu includes: Tostada bar, Tabouleh Salad, Spanakopita, Mezze Platter, Yakisoba Salad, Vegan Spring Rolls, Teriyaki Chicken Skewers, Sweet & Sour Tofu, Baked Potato Bar, and Chicken Quesadilla Bites. Lemonade, and hot tea and coffee are included; alcoholic options including Union Wine & Base Camp Brewing Company beer are available for purchase.

Tickets—until Nov. 7: $40 (includes food)

Tickets—after Nov. 7: $45 (includes food)

To Be Inspired

Being inspired in today's landscape can be as easy as clicking the LIKE or FOLLOW button on your social media page.  But what does it mean to be truly inspired? How do we take the motivational stories of others that we read about in magazines or on the internet and convert them from empty platitudes of the phrase “inspirational” and turn them into tangible action? Libby Sauter and Quinn Brett, two friends and accomplished climbers, have set records and broken barriers together in the mountains. Unfortunately, in 2017 year  Quinn suffered a life altering accident while rock climbing and is currently paralyzed below the waist. Combining the evolving perspective following Quinn's accident and the death of several friends, Libby and Quinn have started to roll through the world asking what people mean when they say they are inspired. Join us for a talk about the power of words, the need for follow through and a passion for the outdoors that keeps moving forward despite such loss.


Sisyphean Rotation: The Yearly Cycle of an IFMGA Mountain Guide & Exploratory Alpinist

Follow along as Alan Rousseau, a Salt Lake based mountain guide, recalls memorable days of guiding and personal climbing in Utah, Alaska, European Alps, and the Himalayas. Each of these ranges hosts a different style of climbing, and each require a slightly different approach and technique. Alan explains how the culmination of skills acquired in each zone have been integral  to first ascents in the  greater ranges. 

The year begins with a winter in Utah with backcountry ski guiding, climbing gyms, and developing new mixed climbing routes.  

As spring approaches the Alaska season begins. Alaska was Alan’s first exposure to truly large mountains, and after 10 expeditions there it’s still one of his favorite places to climb.  The Alaska range has provided a valuable venue for pushing light and fast techniques in cold snowy environments.  Areas discussed:  Lower Ruth gorge, Mount Hunter, Mooses tooth

With Summer comes a return to the Alps. This is Alan’s busiest guiding season, and has the most days spent in technical terrain. The weather is warm, the access to the mountains is unparalleled, and it is  a prime place to climb large alpine terrain with a really light kit. Areas discussed: Eiger, Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Vallee Blanche. 

When the leaves start to change and first snows fall in North America, the post-monsoon climbing season begins for the Himalayas. For four of the past six years Alan’s Fall has been spent establishing first ascents in Nepal and India. He believes the skills and experiences gained in winter, spring, and summer have made success in the fall possible. 

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Quinn Brett

Quinn Brett is an adventurer and record setting athlete. Tying herself to Estes Park, Colorado for the last fifteen years, she strives to push mind and body to the limits. She holds numerous speed climbing records in Yosemite, Zion and Rocky Mountain National park, is a competitive triathlete, and an eclectic tight wearing handstand master.

Last fall, she sustained a spinal cord injury from a fall while climbing on El Capitan in Yosemite. Although her life is undergoing some drastic changes, unable to walk, climb, run and handstand, Quinn is pushing forward with hope. Wilderness experiences, before her accident, provided Quinn with perspective, growth and appreciation of life and others. She hopes to find new ways to enjoy physical endeavors and the therapeutic ways public lands provides.


Alan Rousseau

As a mountain guide, Alan Rousseau has landed a profession that he is passionate about, a profession that has taken him to amazing locations in Utah, Alaska, Washington, Peru, and the European alps. After spending his childhood in New England, Alan moved to Utah in 2004 where he lives with his wife and learned to climb. Initially, Alan picked up climbing as a secondary activity in an effort to take his skiing and snowboarding further up into the mountains. But the more he did it, the more he found passion in climbing impressive lines and summiting awe-inspiring peaks. Aside from his guiding trips, Alan has also traveled to places such as Nepal, India, Greece, and Canada where he has explored new places and established new routes.

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Libby Sauter

Libby holds the female speed record on the Nose of El Capitan as well as being an aspiring big mountain runner. When not climbing or running she works as a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse in California and around the world. She currently lives in the Sierra Nevada.