The Summit

Nov. 18, 5:30–10 p.m.

Revolution Hall

Come out for an evening full of inspiring speakers, time with friends, raffle opportunities, and prizes from our sponsors. The Summit, PAF’s biggest event, has quickly become an event that is eagerly awaited throughout the year. And 2017 is no exception!

We have pulled out all the stops for you and put together an evening with three—yes three!—amazing climbers to share their experiences in the mountains with you. In addition to their stories, you’ll also have the opportunity to talk to a variety of reps from companies producing outdoor gear and providing outdoor experiences, enjoy tasty food from some local food carts, and more. 

Evening timeline

  • Arrive at 5:30: Grab some food from the food trucks outside*, check out the raffle opportunities, visit all of our vendors to get your name entered into a prize drawing
  • 7 p.m.: Program begins
  • 8:30: Intermission
  • 8:55: Program continues
  • 10 p.m. Program concludes—head over to Base Camp Brewing Company to continue the party.

*Food & drinks are available for purchase from both food carts and Revolution Hall's in house restaurant. Food & drinks are not included.

Mentorship on the Wall: The Next Generation

John Long

John Long will share tales  and video of the Adidas Athletic team. Most of them grew up climbing in the gym. In 2015, following team member Kevin Jorgeson's first free ascent of the Dawn Wall, several team members, including Ben Rueck, Nina Williams, Chelsea Rude, Jon Cardwell, and Sasha DiGiulian decided to start trad climbing. So over a series of three summers we organized camps in Yosemite with the intention of trying to free climb some classic big walls and a few long-standing last great problems. The result was the transformation of sport climbers to trad climbers in a big way, on such notable routes including the iconic West Face of Sentinel (first free ascent), the Misty Wall (next to Yosemite Falls), and several others.

Speed Ascent on Denali

Katie Bono

In June 2017, Katie Bono and Savannah Cummins travelled to Denali, the highest mountain in North America. For Katie, the trip would be an opportunity to introduce a friend to the high mountains and a chance to set the speed record on Denali. For Savannah, the experience would be her first time on glaciers and her first real taste of alpinism. Though simple in concept, the trip quickly evolved into a series of unexpected obstacles that demanded both stoicism and stamina. Please join Katie as she tells her story of this adventure and the experiences that led to it.

The Balance Act of Life and Climbing

Jess Roskelley

A lot of people romanticize the idea of the “dirtbag climber” who travels around the country with pennies to their name, sleeping in the dirt and making climbing the central focus of their life. Most people, however, seek a balance between work, family and climbing. As an alpinist and expedition climber who has traveled all over the world, Jess Roskelley will share his experience in finding balance between a ravenous appetite for climbing and being a professional. It isn’t easy, but maintaining a happy  marriage, owning a home and a business, and still scheduling time for several big climbing trips each year is possible. Jess will share stories and photos from some of his expeditions. including from his latest climb—the first ascent of the South Ridge of Mt. Huntington in Alaska.

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