Lyndon State College’s highly successful Adventure Speaker Series continues on February 12 when Silas Rossi presents “Train Local; Go Global.” Rossi’s lecture will address training and mountain climbing in New England—and then taking those skills to the greater ranges in the world.
Much of Rossi’s life, both personal and professional, has been spent seeking out high and wild places. Based in New York’s Shawangunk Mountains (known to adventurers far and wide as “The Gunks”), Rossi is an alpine climber at heart, and spends much of the year climbing and guiding in the greater mountain ranges around the country and abroad. His favorite destinations include the Italian Dolomites; the French Alps; Papua, New Guinea; and Alaska—where he has put up significant first ascents. Nonetheless, Rossi appreciates the diversity and easy access of the climbing and skiing found in the Northeast. The many cliffs and crags serve as a year ‘round office and playground, as well as an excellent training ground for regular expeditions to bigger ranges around the world. Katahdin, Maine’s highest point, and Acadia National Park, keeps Rossi returning to Maine each year.
Rossi is owner of Alpine Logic, LLC, and teaches professional guide training courses for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Rossi is an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level I avalanche educator and an internationally certified IFMGA/UIAGM (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations/Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes) mountain guide. Fewer than 80 people in the United States have this certification.
The lecture begins at 6 p.m. on February 12 in the Moore Community Room/ASAC (Academic and Student Activities Center) Room 100. It is free and open to the public. The Adventure Series continues on March 5 when climber Kevin Mahoney discusses first ascents across the globe. Lyndon State College’s Adventure Speaker Series is sponsored by the LSC Lecture & Arts Series, Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides, LLC, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, and The American Alpine Club.