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Speed climber to present slideshow in Truckee

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Speed climber Hans Florine, shown on El Capitan in Yosemite, will present a slideshow in downtown Truckee on Friday, July 31.
Courtesy Jim Thornburg |

World-renowned rock climber Hans Florine will present a slideshow about speed climbing the nose of El Capitan and other interesting adventures at California 89 in downtown Truckee on July 31.

Raffles and on-site donations will benefit the Save Donner Summit Climbing Campaign, which is in full swing by the Truckee Donner Land Trust and its partner, the Access Fund, a national climbing advocacy organization.

Aside from rock climbing, Florine is a professional speaker, author and thought leader in climbing speed and efficiency. He has repeatedly set and broken one of the most coveted speed records in the world — the Nose of El Capitan, a 2,900-foot monolith in Yosemite Valley.

He also holds numerous speed records in Yosemite and all over the globe.

The funds raised will help purchase the 10-acre property known as Black Wall on Donner Summit, which features some of the most dramatic climbing terrain in the Truckee-Tahoe region, with stunning vistas and world-class climbing on finely textured granite.

The acquisition will protect Black Wall, Peanut Gallery and Road Cut climbing areas, as well as the access trail to the Space Wall, Shark Wall and Grouse Slabs, all easily accessible from Old Highway 40.

The slideshow will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be presented at an outdoor amphitheater. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy complimentary beer from the Brewing Lair and light appetizers from Billy McCullough, former owner of the Dragonfly restaurant.

Visit http://www.savedonnerclimbing.org and http://www.hansflorine.com to learn more and to make a secure online donation.