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Learning to climb: benefit for Children’s Museum Friday

NIK DIRGA, Sierra Sun Editor

To Eric Perlman, the struggles of climbing and learning are one and the same.

“Climbing is all about learning, and hands-on confrontation,” he said. “Climbing is a game of gymnastic chess. It’s very much about problem-solving.”

At the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum in Truckee, children are also encouraged to develop their skills through hands-on confrontation.

The two will come together Friday as Perlman hosts the public debut of his new extreme sports film in a benefit for the children’s museum.

Perlman will premiere his latest video, “Masters of Stone V,” Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tahoe-Truckee High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.

The premiere will also include a silent auction, raffle prizes donated by local businesses and refreshments.

The fund-raiser will help pay for exhibits in the KidZone project, which will become the Children’s Museum’s new home next year. KidZone, a 3,600-square foot tension structure, will house an infant and toddler play area, a jungle gym, a multi-use space for classes and parties and a free Family Resource Center, as well as the museum.

The money raised Friday will be used for the museum’s new pioneer historical displays.

“We’re going to be using this for our Emigrant Trail exhibit opening in KidZone hopefully in March,” said Pamela Williams, executive director of the museum.

A highlight of the exhibit will be a look at how the pioneers actually traveled over the old trails.

“The main purchase will be a $6,000 covered wagon,” Williams said. “This will be a replica of a real wagon from the Donner Party days.”

Perlman, whose 8-year-old daughter is a frequent visitor to the Children’s Museum, jumped at the chance to help the organization.

“I’ve always been impressed with the fun and learning experience they provide,” Perlman said. “They approached me and how could I say no?”

Perlman has filmed and produced more than 20 action sports videos and hundreds of clips for television for his company, Eric Perlman Productions. These videos have generally focused on extreme sports. In doing so he has worked with some of the greatest athletes in these sports, including Alex Huber, Ron Kauk, Katie Brown, Mark Wellman, Scot Schmidt and the DesLauriers brothers.

The latest “Masters of Stone” video is the fifth in the series. Perlman said the series is one of the best-selling climbing videos in the world.

“It all starts here in Tahoe,” he said.

The video series focuses on athletes who take on and break records once thought unbreakable.

“‘Masters of Stone’ is about the quest for the superhuman,” Perlman said. “The dividing line between what is possible and what we think is impossible, and every few years the boundaries are pushed back further.”

This film focuses on the activities of three “superhuman” climbers: Dean Potter, Steph Davis, and the late Dan Osman, who was killed in a climbing accident in Yosemite in 1998.

“Dean Potter represents the breakthrough into a new level of athletic perfection, as does Steph Davis, and as did Dan Osman,” Perlman said.

An accomplished climber and skier himself, Perlman has also filmed some of his own endeavors, including the first ascent of the remote Celestial Peak in Tibet.

Friday’s fund-raiser will be the public debut of “Masters of Stone V.”

“This is the first time it will be shown in its entirety on the big screen,” Perlman said.

Pamela Williams said she hoped for a good turnout Friday to benefit the museum.

“We’re really excited about it,” Williams said. “We hope this will put a good dent in our fund-raising budget.”

For more information on the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum or Friday’s fund-raiser, call (530) 587-KIDS.

Eric Perlman’s film “Masters of Stone V,” featuring Dean Potter, Steph Davis, a tribute to Dan Osman and more, as well as music by Metallica, will be available for $29.95 at Friday’s premiere. It can also be ordered by calling (800) 726-7003.


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