May 29, 2010 - 8:00 a.m.

Date: May 29, 2010
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

The first festivals attracted leading names in mountaineering and exploration – Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard and David Breashears, among others. With their help, the Memorial Day weekend event quickly became a not-to-be-missed tradition for an ever-expanding circle of pioneers in diverse fields, from athletes to environmentalists and from scientists to poets. Mountains soon became as much a metaphorical theme as a literal one and, as the festival expanded in size and recognition, its programming readily stretched to the leading edges of critical contemporary issues.

Sentor Michael Bennet


Senator Bennet will address a range of issues that affect our region, ranging from the environment to veterans returning from war.

In Person:
  • Senator Michael Bennet
  • Grow Your Own


    Barclay Daranyi is co-founder of Indian Ridge Farm and Bakery. Manny Howard’s attempt to live off his own land—in Brooklyn, New York—is chronicled in his book My Empire of Dirt. Dave James runs James Family Ranch in Durango, Colorado. The group will discuss the challenges of growing real food.

    In Person:
  • Barclay Daranyi
  • Manny Howard
  • Dave James
  • K2 and Annapurna


    Ed Viesturs and David Roberts co-authored K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain and are at work on a new book about Annapurna. They’ll discuss these fierce mountains—two of only 14 that are above 8,000 meters.

    Moderator: Sarah Garlick (author of Flakes, Jugs and Splitters: A Rock Climbers Guide to Geology)

    In Person:
  • Ed Viesturs
  • David Roberts
  • Sarah Garlick
  • Advocacy Storytelling


    Suzan Beraza, director of Bag It; Josh Fox, director of Gasland; Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-winning director of The Cove; photographer Joel Sartore; and Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Festival, will address how filmmakers and photographers can tell a story that confronts a controversial subject aggressively and fairly.

    In Person:
  • Suzan Beraza
  • Josh Fox
  • Louie Psihoyos
  • Joel Sartore
  • Nancy Schafer
  • Alex Chadwick
  • Lots of Problems—Some Solutions


    These folk are trying to make a difference. Dan Austin is founder of, which brings bikes to impoverished kids around the world. Matthew Frey works for PATH (, an organization that has developed Ultra Rice, a fortified staple with micronutrients. Christiane Leitinger runs Pennies for Peace (, a group founded by Greg Mortenson that helps students broaden their cultural horizons. Hank Louis is an architect who runs Design Bluff (, which builds cheap, sustainable housing for Native Americans. What works, what doesn’t and why?