Famed rock climber Sarah Garlick will deliver the first presentation of Lyndon State College’s Adventure Speaker Series for this year on Wednesday, October 23. The highly successful lectures from last year continue this academic year with four presentations announced thus far. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Garlick is a climber, writer, and educator specializing in earth and environmental science. She has established first ascents of rock walls in Greenland, the Middle East, and Newfoundland, and she’s scaled alpine routes in Patagonia, Peru, and the Canadian Rockies. Garlick is the founder/director of GeoReach, an organization dedicated to science outreach and communication. She currently serves as the Northeast Community Programs Coordinator for the American Alpine Club.
She will share stories from two expeditions: a journey to the granite big walls of South Greenland, and an exploration of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan told through professional photography, audio clips, and short videos. Garlick’s presentation focuses on the common core of both expeditions: a quest to find—and climb—untouched cliffs in some of the world’s wildest locations. She’ll share her thoughts as to what it takes to be an expedition climber in the modern era, from discovering an objective and putting together a team, to the inevitable ups and downs of the journey itself.
Garlick put her master’s degree in structural geology and tectonics from the University of Wyoming to good use by publishing the first basic geology book specifically written for climbers. In “Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology,” Garlick explores the science behind the stone supporting a climber’s fingertips.
Her October 23 lecture will be in the Academic Student and Activity Center (ASAC) room 100 from 6–8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
On November 6, Jim Surette comes to LSC. Since 1992, Surette’s career as a director, producer and camera operator has led him to shoot television programs for all the major networks, as well as feature documentaries and commercials. He has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients that includes National Geographic, BBC, Warren Miller Entertainment, Discovery, MTV, The North Face, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, Peter Jennings Productions and others.
On March 5, 2014, Kevin Mahoney, owner of New Hampshire-based Mahoney Alpine Adventures, will speak. Mahoney has been climbing for nearly two decades and is internationally certified by the IFMGA/ UIAGM (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations/Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes) in three disciplines: ski mountaineering, rock and alpine climbing. He has also instructed courses for the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association).
The guest for the February 5 event has yet to been named.