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The Big Secret to Being Awesome

February 16, 2017

“All you need is a roll of duct tape and a plane ticket,” said Jim Donini as he dunked a tortilla chip into a deep dish of salsa. Donini, an American alpinist with a long history of cutting-edge climbs in Alaska and Patagonia, sat with a crowd of young climbers. The table was littered with salt-encrusted margarita glasses. Donini looked over the glasses and into the eyes of each young climber. “That’s right,” he said. “You just got to go and don’t forget the duct tape.” Donini was talking about commitment and perseverance. A plane ticket is commitment. You’re going! However, lucky us—we have the Canadian Rockies—we just need a tank of gas and enough momentum to break free of...

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Spirit West Presents Steve Swenson

January 02, 2017

STEVE SWENSON PRESENTATION - "GET YOUR EYES LIT UP" $14.95 Get Your Eyes Lit Up! When: February 15th 6:30 Doors 7:00 Start Where: Fort Calgary Burns West Theatre Who soled the North Ridge on Mt Everest? Who climbed K2 via the North Ridge? Who did the FA of the Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat? Who made the second ascent of Mount Alberta? Who’s won the Piolet d'Or? Who doesn’t need oxygen on the world’s highest peaks?   STEVE SWENSON Who is Steve Swenson? Steve Swenson is one of the greatest North American climbers ever! Meet Steve and hear Steve’s stories. AKA, The Karakoram Kid, Steve Swenson, has a list of climbing accomplishments that might as well be written in Balti and...

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