Ah Haa West: A Life Shaped by Mountains
Alpinist, writer, photographer and lecturer Sir Chris Bonington has led one of the most enduring and illustrious careers climbing has ever seen. In this talk, he and his wife, Loreto Bonington, will recount a life shaped by adventures in the world’s tallest peaks.
In Person: Sir Chris Bonington
Ah Haa East: It starts with U: Uncover – Understand – Unlearn
As change makers and rule breakers, we often shine a light on others. In this activity-based session, participants will have the opportunity to turn the light onto themselves. Amil Reddy, who is the community investment manager and chair, diversity and inclusion for Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op, along with guests Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, co-founders of Queer Nature, will lead this talk, which will help participants unlearn some old ways in order to build connections and learn new ways of being better together.
In Person: Amil ReddyPinar Sinopoulos-LloydSo Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Christ Church: Skateboarding and Native American Identity
On Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Reservation, also known as Hell’s Forty Acres, nationally recognized fine artist Douglas Miles Sr. is empowering youth challenged by a legacy of genocide and an uncertain future with skateboarding. In this conversation with Audrey Buchanan, director of The Mystery of Now, Miles will discuss how the surprising mashup of Native American art and actions sports offer his community a uniquely powerful tool for self expression and cultural evolution.
In Person: Douglas Miles Sr.Audrey Buchanan
Hotel Telluride: Getting Your Expedition off the Ground
When it comes to launching an expedition, deciding on the objective is only the first step in a challenging process of navigating logistics, establishing a team and securing funding. Ski mountaineer and captain of the North Face athlete team Hilaree Nelson; record-breaking alpinist and GRIT+ROCK founder Masha Gordon; veteran mountain-culture writer Bernadette McDonald and expedition fund expert Rebecca Martin will discuss the process of turning idea into reality.
In Person: Hilaree NelsonMasha GordonBernadette McDonaldRebecca Martin
Library: Into Slot Canyon Country
More than 40 years ago, photographer Art Twomey stumbled across a crack in the desert floor in northern Arizona that led to an otherworldly, wild and breathtakingly beautiful slot canyon system. That was the beginning of a decade-long project he undertook with friends Pat Morrow and Jeremy Schmidt, long before guidebooks, Google maps or online directions were even a thing. In this visual presentation, Morrow and Schmidt, longtime collaborators and authors of Searching for Tao Canyon, will recount a time of incredible discovery and remember Twomey, who died in 1997.
In Person: Pat MorrowJeremy Schmidt
Mountain Lodge Telluride: Conservation Bright Spots
Tropical rainforests are declining, coral reefs are bleaching and extreme weather wreaks havoc as the planet warms. Despite that, there are uplifting conservation success stories that tell us something at least as important: we can bring species and ecosystems back from the brink. Harmony Patricio and Bernie Tershy from Freshwater Life, which protects the most endangered freshwater species from extinction; Erika Zavaleta, an ecologist and professor at UC Santa Cruz and Max Holmes, deputy director and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, will talk about conservation bright spots.
In Person: Max Holmes
M Lounge at Madeline Hotel: Engaging Respectfully with Your Subjects
Telling someone’s story properly requires a careful mix of respect, cultural competence and emotional intelligence. Andrew Harrison Brown, director of Kifaru; Jeanine Butler, director of American Heretics and Hunter Robert Baker, director of The Blessing, will explore what it takes to strike that balance.
In Person: Andrew Harrison BrownJeanine ButlerHunter Robert Baker