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This Year's Guests


MARTIN LITTON
A brief conversation with 88-year-old Martin Litton and you immediately doubt his age. He recently ran the Middle Fork of the Salmon, he flies his own plane and still rages, Abbey-like, against the authorities he feels are wrecking the West. Litton will show film of his Grand Canyon trips and a slideshow of his fight to protect the Sequoia Forests.

ARON RALSTON
Aron Ralston made a name for himself amongst the mountaineering cognoscenti by climbing the Colorado 14,000ers solo in winter. He is now widely known as the man who gave up his arm to save his life. Ralston will sign copies of his book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," and present a slideshow on each topic.

TIMMY O'NEILL
Solo climber, high-ball slack liner, TV show presenter and hilarious outdoor comedian Timmy O'Neill will be here to present his, and Peter Mortimer's new film "Return to Sender" and a slide show of his recent exploits.

REG LAKE
Reg Lake is one of the earliest runners of wild rivers. His first descents include the San Joaquin, the Kern, and the Clark Fork of the Yellowstone in Wyoming with partners such as Doug Tompkins, Royal Robbins and Yvon Chouinard. He is also one of the premier sea kayakers and will include in his show explorations of the southern ice cap in Chile between.

ALISON GANNETT
Alison Gannett, who lives by the motto "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History." is a World Champion freeskier, writer, filmmaker and photographer She is a consultant for Patagonia, has organized ski descents on Himalaya peaks and produced the film "Betties in Bhutan."

BOONE SPEED
One of the pioneers of bouldering long before it was established as a bona fide climbing pursuit, Boone Speed put up some of the hardest routes of his day. He now travels with and photographs many of the young tigers of the modern era including Chris Sharma. He will present the film "Best of the West" and exhibit his photographs.

JON TURK
John Turk's adventures include cycling the Gobi Desert and kayaking around Cape Horn. He will present a slide show of his most recent escapade, sea-kayaking through the North Pacfic and sign the book of this venture "In the Wake of the Jomon."

MICHAEL POWERS
Powers is a journalist, filmmaker and boater who has been on many adventures with Martin Litton. Michael Powers will present a slideshow of their recent trip down the Salmon River.

JIM O'DONNELL
An archeologist who used to work for the New Mexico oil and gas industry, Jim O'Donnell is now the Director and only paid employee of the Coalition to Save the Valle Vidal. And as such, his work in these dubious political times has been surprisingly clever, intense, and so far, surprisingly successful. You can help by contacting him at www.vallevidal.org.

JAY FOLEY
Jay Foley, the main activist on the Taos climbing scene and owner of Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Adventures, wrote the recently published guide to rock climbing in the Taos region. He will present a slideshow on the amazing King's Walk in Spain and sign copies of his book, "Guide to Taos Rock."

JOHN WELLER
The Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Southern Colorado has absorbed the time and talents of photographer John Weller. The result is a book, "Between Light and Shadow" garnering Weller the "2004 Best Book Mountain Image Award"at the Banff Book Festival 2005. Recently, Weller was awarded the "Galen Rowell Tribute Photography Award." He will present the Peter Mortimer film "Between Light and Shadow" of his adventures in the sand dunes and sign copies of his book.








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