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Doug Robinson to speak at a benefit for Snowlands Network

Special to the Sun

NEVADA CITY, Calif. and#8212; Mountaineer, climber, skier, and award-winning author, Doug Robinson, will speak in Reno at a special benefit for the Reno-based advocacy group, Snowlands Network. The lecture and slideshow, and#8220;Wild in the Sierra: Backcountry Skiing the Highest Sierra,and#8221; will feature Robinsonand#8217;s reflections about his 50 years of climbing and skiing throughout the Sierra, at the Patagonia Service Center, 8550 White Fir St., Reno, March 10.

Robinson, the recipient of the 2010 American Alpine Club Literary Award, has given voice to the thoughts and concerns of the climbing community ever since he articulated his ideas about and#8220;clean climbingand#8221; in the early 1970s, arguing rock climbers should climb in a way that left no trace of their ascents. Robinsonand#8217;s writing led some to call him the and#8220;bard of the climbing community.and#8221; He has been referred to as a and#8220;modern day John Muirand#8221; because of the poetic way in which he combines adventure and observations about the natural environment. His climbing video, and#8220;Moving Over Stone,and#8221; was a best seller, and has taught several generations of climbers how to take to rock and mountains.

Robinson, the first President of the American Mountain Guides Association, was also a pioneer of Sierra ski touring, having made numerous traverses across the range, including a 1970 traverse of the John Muir Trail. He was also instrumental in introducing modern ice climbing to the United States, both in first ascents in the Sierra and beyond.

and#8220;Dougand#8217;s pure philosophy of taking to wilderness is emblematic of what we represent as advocates of human-powered winter travel in the Sierra,and#8221; said Gail Ferrell, president of Snowlands Network.

Robinson will speak on Thursday, March 10 at the Patagonia Service Center, at 8550 White Fir Street, in Reno. Tickets are available on the Snowlands website, http://www.snowlands.org, and at the event if still available. Prices are $20 in advance for Snowlands Network members and $25 in advance for non-members, $30 at the door for everyone. Doors open and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments available.

Snowlands Network, a 501c3, is the only organization in California and Nevada dedicated to representing the needs of backcountry skiers, snowshoers, snowboarders and other outdoors people who value the physical and spiritual joys of winter and winter travel using their own muscle power. Their goal is to promote safety and serenity on every winter adventure.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com