Adventurer amazes audience with Pakistan tales |

Adventurer amazes audience with Pakistan tales

Photo courtesy of Vicki Kahn/Sierra SunRuth Anne Kocour signs her book for Allegra Willison and Margaret and Ben Solomon.

Not many women enjoy putting themselves at risk traveling to dangerous, isolated, and distant corners of the world. But then Ruth Anne Kocour isnt like many women.Shes accomplished in several areas an award winning photographer, an artist, a former medical illustrator, a veteran mountaineer, a top producing Realtor, and an author of a one-time book-of-the-month club selection, Facing the Extreme.Kocour captivated a standing-room-only audience of over 150 guests last Monday evening for an hour and a half at the Resort at Squaw Creek with her breathtaking slides and chronicles of her two treks under the veil in the war zones of Pakistan.The first trek occurred three months after the United States bombed the stronghold of Osama bin Laden, over the incredible problematic Baltora Glacier to the majestic K2, not too far from the disputed Indo-Pakistan cease-fire line in Kashmir.Kocours second trek, the following year, took her through tribal regions along the Afghan border. Kocour does not blend in easily. She stands 6 feet tall and is a natural blonde. While traveling, she not only covered herself in the traditional dress and head cover of the region in respect of local custom, but when traveling by car was shrouded with curtains on the vehicle.

The institute was so pleased with the unique and talented Kocours interesting presentation that it will most likely invite her back to talk about one of her other adventures.Some of those getting their cultural, educational, and social fix were Patty and Al Multon, Emily Headly, TCPUD assistant general manager Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, former Sierra Nevada College president Ben Solomon and wife Margaret, Walter Nelson, Betty and Mark Simpson, Debbie (Macrorie) and Greg Dorland, Barbara Futran, Jan and Rick Ganong, Brady McClintock, Sandra Carter, Leah Kaufman, Terry Yagura, Anna Maria Shannon, Barbara and Fred Ilfeld, Judy Lingle, Keoki Flagg, Lynn and Harry Flagg, Carol Steingard, Renate and Jim Moore, Schatzi Boyd and Randy Hill, Molly Graham, and Squaw Valley Institute board members Pete Bansen, John Wilcox with wife Barbara, Gail Tomlinson and husband Larry, and Squaw Valley Institute executive director Janet Zipkin and husband Chuck.The Squaw Valley Institute will be presenting world class speed skier, legendary climber, and journalist Dick Dorworth on January 27th at the PlumpJack Conference Center. For more info go to her spare time Vicki Kahn is a Realtor with Prudential California Realty in Tahoe City. You can e-mail her at

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