Local climbers will be present at the YMCA Mountaineering Weekend – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Local climbers Tommy Caldwell and Quinn Brett will deliver keynote addresses at the YMCA of the Rockies on February 15-16 as part of the organization’s annual Mountaineering Weekend.

“The YMCA of the Rockies developed Mountaineering Weekend a few years ago to introduce families to winter sports through fun, safe and interactive experiences,” said Kellen Toulouse, Brand Manager at the YMCA of the Rockies.

These two opening speeches are free and open to the public.

Caldwell, a nationally recognized climber and environmental activist from Estes Park, will speak on February 15 at 7 p.m. in the Hempel Auditorium of the YMCA of the Rockies. He will present “Climbing and Climate Change”, where he is expected to discuss his climbing adventures around the world and how this led him to environmental activism.

Caldwell is widely known for his peak and record climbs on some of Yosemite National Park’s most iconic granite walls. In 2015, he and his partner Kevin Jorgeson scaled the Dawn Wall, a 3,000-foot virgin face on Yosemite’s El Capitan – the toughest big wall climb in the world.

In 2018, a film was made about the directing of Caldwell’s Dawn Wall and caught the attention of President Barack Obama.

“You remind us that anything is possible,” said Obama.

Caldwell grew up in Estes Park, learning to climb the countless boulders that dot the landscape. It fostered a sense of connection with his surroundings, and today he is a major environmental activist. He published a new memoir, “The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk and Going Beyond Limits,” which is now a New York Times bestseller.

On February 16 at 7 pm at the Hempel Auditorium, Quinn Brett, a local climber who has traveled the world for the sport, will take Caldwell’s place on stage and share her presentation, “Moving in a new way.” “

Brett is a mountain climber who worked as a ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park. She has also worked as a technical rescuer and first responder in several national parks.

In October 2017, Brett suffered a major fall while climbing in Yosemite National Park. The fall caused paralysis below the navel.

His presentation will encompass his determination to still cover long distances on technical terrain, despite his paralysis, and his plea for the protection of nature and wild spaces.