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TMtC’s ’23-’24 Winter Events

No Fall Zone, Journalist Annette McGivney and an Assault Survivor on the Charlie Barrett Case, How Outdoor Communities Can Do Better, & How Nature Can Help Heal Trauma

Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 PM
Wilkinson Public Library

On January 31st, 2024, Outside magazine broke an article by Annette McGivney that shook the climbing world- and outdoor communities everywhere- to their cores. Titled How Did This Climber Get Away with So Much for So Long?, the longform piece investigated the consequences of one perpetrator’s actions. Across nearly one and a half decades, legal systems and the climbing community failed to support a series of women as climber Charlie Barrett assaulted, stalked, and harassed them. This event is focused on how we can practically work towards keeping our community safe, supporting victims when they are on the receiving end of criminal behavior, and creating accountability when it’s needed. Journalist Annette McGivney will be here to speak about her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence, how she was drawn to tell the Charlie Barrett story, and how she has seen justice systems and communities often fail the people they should be most carefully supporting. Also present will be a woman who personally experienced Barrett’s crimes and has gone on to advocate for how victims need to be specifically supported after assault. This survivor is appearing publicly for the first time to talk about how her experience has shaped her relationship with climbing and to address outdoor communities’ role in a better future for the safety of all. Both the survivor and Annette will talk about how nature has become a powerful place of healing and wellness for them. This event is brought to you in partnership with the Wilkinson Public Library and the San Miguel Resource Center.

TMtC’s ’24-’25 Winter Events

Please check back next fall for updated information on Telluride Mountain Club’s ’24-’25 winter events.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to us at info@telluridemountainclub.org! We are always looking for more supporters and raffle donors. Thank you for your help!

Past Events

To The Hills and Back, A Sherpas Cinema Film in Co-Production with the Utah Avalanche Center

Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 PM
Wilkinson Public Library
At a remote backcountry cabin, a veteran mountain guide and his daughter connect and reflect upon a lifetime in the mountains. A torch is being passed within their family’s legacy of guides and they discuss the history of those that have come and gone, some too soon.

Avalanche accidents have been happening in the mountains since humans first started traveling within them and we learn about this evolution of winter recreation and avalanche safety. Stories unfold, from the early pioneers to modern day hard charging enthusiasts, and we hear from several characters including those with life shattering events.

Many of these stories share striking similarities that those who follow can learn from. Unfortunate mistakes, common pitfalls, and decision points where things may have gone astray. Know about those who have succumbed to unfortunate endings. Learn from the wise who have journeyed a long life in these mountains. In a quest to avoid avalanche accidents in your life path, learn, and know before you go.

A Fine Line: Loss, Living, and Balance in the Alpine with Graham Zimmerman

Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 PM
Telluride Arts Main Street HQ
How do we reconcile our love of outdoor adventure with the inevitability of loss in high-risk sports? Still in his thirties, Graham Zimmerman has made first ascents from Alaska to Pakistan, and in 2020 he received the Piolet d’Or for his climb on Pakistan’s Link Sar with Steve Swenson. A sponsored athlete who is sought out as a climbing partner, Zimmerman knows that he must find a balance between his ambitions as an alpinist and his social responsibilities–as a husband, climate advocate, and community leader, currently serving as the president of the American Alpine Club.

His generation has faced devastating grief in the mountains, including the deaths of Kyle Dempster, Hayden Kennedy, and Inge Perkins, and his cohort has witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change in the form of disappearing glaciers and increasingly erratic weather. Zimmerman speaks and writes of the exhilaration he feels while climbing but also the painful realization that summiting at all costs is an outdated model. Come join for a thoughtful chat with Graham about adventures, risk taking, and how the mountains shape our lives.

This event is one in a series of Mental Health in the Mountains programs brought to you with collaborators the Telluride Mountain Club, Tri-County Health Network, and the library. Many thanks to Telluride Arts for sharing their space for this event, and please keep an eye on the library calendar or Telluride Mountain Club events website for upcoming collaborations.

Water in the West: Exploring the Colorado River, Drought, and Tribal Water Rights through Outdoor Recreation with Dr. Len Necefer

Tuesday, March 28 at 6pm
Wilkinson Public Library Program Room
This talk will cover the pressing issues of water in the west and the use of outdoor recreation as a powerful tool to educate and raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the region. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Len Necefer, an expert in this field, will provide an overview of the historical and cultural significance of the Colorado River to indigenous communities and the challenges they face in securing their water rights. They will also discuss the current drought affecting the region and its impact on the river and the surrounding communities. The event will highlight the importance of collaboration between various stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to water management, including tribes, who have been fighting for their water rights for centuries. Through this talk, we hope to inspire action towards protecting this critical resource for future generations.

Dr. Len Necefer is an outdoor enthusiast, entrepreneur, and a member of the Navajo Nation. He is the CEO and founder of NativesOutdoors, a company that aims to increase representation and visibility of Indigenous people in the outdoor industry and he is also a board member of the Honnold Foundation. Previous to these roles he was a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona and also worked for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Necefer received his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where he focused on the intersection of energy development and tribal sovereignty. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Necefer’s work focuses on advancing the interests of Indigenous communities through the lens of outdoor recreation, energy and environmental policy, entrepreneurship, and humor. His work spans academic journals, outdoor media, and film festivals alike. In addition to his academic and entrepreneurial pursuits, Dr. Necefer is an avid outdoorsman and athlete – as a backcountry skier, bikepacker, and walking packrafts down dry tributaries of the Colorado River.

Mental Health in the Mountains

Wednesday, March 1 5:30pm
Wilkinson Public Library Program Room
Join the Telluride Mountain Club and Wilkinson Public Library for a free event about mental health and how it plays into and relates to our passions in the mountains. Our schedule of events include:

  • The premiere of the film Heart and Soul and Concrete. Meredith Edwards is an accomplished ultra-runner and mountain athlete who has suffered from abuse and has developed a kinetic way of processing her trauma–dance rollerblading. Meredith will be attending the event for a film Q&A and will be on the panel for our follow-up discussion.
  • A showing of Ups and Downs. This film showcases professional skier Drew Petersen’s navigation of the mountains and valleys of mental health through skiing.
  • An open and public panel discussion on the topic of mental health in our mountain town. We are encouraging questions from the audience and hope to walk away with new tools and resources for outdoor grief and trauma. Panel participants include: Meredith Edwards, Lauren Glass, Danielle Beamer, and more to be announced soon.

Athlete / Counselor Bios

Danielle Beamer, LSW is deeply invested in rural mountain communities and loves learning people’s stories. She works with adults and older teens in individual and group settings to address a broad range of issues. Healing often requires allowing the hard, sticky, revolting, and unwanted emotions to create space for the pleasurable ones. It’s natural to need support through that process. Danielle gets excited about working with folks who are new to therapy or are comfortable pushing themselves physically but less familiar pushing emotional comfort zones. One of her passions is supporting survivors of outdoor trauma such as avalanches and wilderness accidents. She also loves collaborating with folks who are used to therapy and looking to go deeper. Danielle utilizes Internal Family Systems, body-centered approaches, and practical neuroscience to join the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms. To connect visit hiddenaspectscounseling.com, email danielleb@hiddenaspectscounseling.com or call 970-403-5999. 

Lauren Glass (she/her), is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) in the State of Colorado and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She worked for a decade in conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation prior to entering the mental health field. Lauren utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to serve a wide range of people and organizations in the Four Corners Region through direct clinical services, mental health education, and consultation. Currently she works in several capacities, including at the Silverton School, with an experiential equine facility, and as a mental health consultant for Southwest Conservation Corps. She also regularly delivers trainings to avalanche and snow professionals across the region. To find out more or connect on a project visit: laurenglassconsulting.com, or email laurenglassconsulting@gmail.com.

Check out our full list of mental health in the mountains resources here.

Big thank you to Camel’s Garden Hotel and Jagged Edge Mountain Gear for your sponsorship of this event!

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