Winter film series: Roger Strong – skiing, climbing and crab fishing the Bering Sea

Special to the Sun
Courtesy Kennan Harvey Roger Strong's slideshow will detail his recent alpine/big wall climbing in Alaska, Canada and Washington.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. – In the fourth installment of its 2012-13 Lake Tahoe Winter Film Series, Alpenglow Sports will host Roger Strong at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Olympic Valley Lodge.

Strong grew up skiing and climbing in Colorado, then moved to Seattle after high school to be closer to his 20-year career as a crab fisherman in the Bering Sea.

“One of my father’s rugby buddies introduced me to climbing in my early teens,” explained Strong, “but I didn’t dive in to it heavily until after my first year of commercial fishing out of high school … thankfully that enabled me to afford all the gear.”

Strong’s slideshow will detail his recent alpine/big wall climbing in Alaska, Canada and Washington as well as ski touring/mountaineering in the Cascades. Strong will also share the story of the avalanche at Snoqualmie Pass that broke both his legs, and how it changed his perspective on consideration of conditions and lines, but reaffirmed his lifelong love of the mountains.

Strong is also well known for his time in the Bering Sea as a crab fisherman, and appeared in the first season of the Discovery Channel’s reality show, “Deadliest Catch.”

Strong’s take on the show? “The first season was a pretty good portrayal when the fishery was still open access. Once it went to IFQs (individual fishing quota) that’s when it really went downhill,” he said. “The most important thing in any resource is protecting it and keeping it sustainable, but the Discovery Channel has chosen to create more drama to keep the ratings high, when the truth is the price is now stable, there isn’t a race against the clock, and there is a quarter of the fleet that actually fishes.”

“The show is pretty pathetic at this point in my opinion,” he added. “They wanted to come back on the Saga for third season with their ‘agenda’ … I basically pulled the plug as I didn’t want them aboard making a mockery of what me and my crew did for a living – not acting.”

The Alpenglow Winter Film Series is free and is designed to motivate, inspire and educate. Amazing prizes from generous sponsors Arc’teryx and Black Diamond and more will be raffled to benefit Biking for a Better World.

Note the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series has a new venue, Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

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