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The Adventure Summit Featured Presenters

Featured Speaker: Heather Anderson

Trail Tales: Stories of Adventure in the Mountains
Friday, February 14 at 8:00 PM

Heather shares stories and photographs that draw on the combined anecdotes of over 30,000 miles of hiking, running and climbing in the mountains. Often humorous, sometimes thrilling, Heather will take you on a journey from neophyte hiker to Anish, the FKT(Fastest Known Time) setter and beyond.

Coffee with Anish: Inspiring Women in the Outdoors
Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 AM

This is a special opportunity to start your day with words of wisdom from Heather “Anish” Anderson. Meet for coffee in the Pathfinder Lounge to learn how Anish has pursued her dreams both on the trail an off- despite setbacks, failures, and societal pressures. Anish shares advice on choosing your own path in life and offers inspiration through the lens of wilderness adventure.

Presenter Bio: As a 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Heather Anderson – known as Anish on the trail, is the first female to complete the Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail) in one calendar year. Anish also holds the record for Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the Appalachian Trail (AT).

Featured Speaker: Maureen Beck

Mo in the Mountains:Changing the World of Adaptive Climbing
Saturday, February 15 at 5:00 PM

Maureen Beck, better known as Mo, shares her experience of the adventure lifestyle as an adaptive athlete in the sport of climbing. Mo came of age in the generation of doers and creators in the world of adaptive climbing and has been instrumental in helping to establish adaptive climbing programs. She shares her experience in creating a new style of climbing and helping to build an adaptive climbing community. Hear stories of her personal growth and challenges, what it’s like to be a role model, and how she manages that responsibility. Mo’s presentation will include footage from her 2017 film “Stumped” and the unreleased film “Adaptive”, which follows Mo on her 2018 expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables.

Climbing Clinic: Cupcakes and Crushing
Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 PM

Rock climbing is now an Olympic Sport, and is higher pressure than ever. Mo Beck has been to four IFSC World Championships, winning two, but believes climbing should always be fun. For this clinic, we’ll review projecting techniques and ways to move on the wall that you may not have considered – all while sharing a potluck of desserts and snacks. Bring your favorite snack, and get ready to learn tricks to grow your climbing skills. Perfect for the advanced beginner through intermediate climber. Be ready to top rope or boulder.

This two-hour clinic with Mo reviews projecting techniques and ways to move on the wall that you may not have considered. Perfect for the advanced beginner up to the intermediate climber.

Presenter Bio: Maureen (Mo) Beck, born without her left hand, has been changing the world of adaptive climbing since she was 12 years old. As an athlete for The North Face and Sterling Rope, she has won four national titles and was the gold medal winner at the Paraclimbing World Championships in 2014 and 2016 and most recently was a 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

Featured Speaker: Ryan Richardson

Feeding the Rat: A Climbers Joy and Suffering on the Mountain
Saturday, February 15 at 12:00 PM

Feeding the Rat describes Ryan’s love/hate relationship with one of his favorite things in the world, suffering in the mountains. You’ll get an inside perspective on how an old school introduction to mountain climbing during his high school years in Colorado, landed him on some of the biggest alpine faces North America has to offer. He’ll be sharing stories and short films from his adventures in breathtaking locations, during a light hearted and entertaining presentation Saturday at the 2019 Adventure Summit.

Presenter Bio: A 2019 winner of the prestigious John Lauchlan Memorial Award, Ryan is a nomadic climber focused on the development of new routes in wild places. Ryan recently moved from Colorado to Canmore, Alberta for the world class ice climbing and unexplored landscape.