Clif Notes

An Evening with Legendary Climber Ron Kauk

Originally Posted by Candice Crawford on Thursday, February 2, 2012

On January 19th, Velo Vino welcomed World-Renown Rock Climber Ron Kauk for a fun evening of rock talk which included a moving documentary (Return To Balance: A Climber’s Journey) examining the life of this incredible climbing legend. Ron shared insights and stories of his life of climbing in Yosemite to include his connection with the natural world and his dedication to preserving it. Gary Erickson (Clif Bar and Clif Family Winery Founder) hosted the event and provided an incredible narrative on the experiences him and Ron have shared on the rocks while forging a life-long friendship bounded by many of the same spiritual and planetary beliefs that guide their love and enjoyment of the active life style. Bruce Regalia (Clif Family Winery Winemaker) provided insights on the Climber Limited Release Bordeaux style wine that is a fan favorite and whose label encapsulates Ron navigating a historic pitch in Yosemite Valley called “Heaven.”

Approximately 100 attendees (many from the NorCal rock climbing community) enjoyed food provided by Azteca Market and Taqueria to include an assortment of Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley mountain mixes and yummy Clif Family Wines by the glass. The evening concluded with a question and answer session and Ron and Gary kindly volunteered their time to sign DVD’s, books and a commemorative poster of the Climber Limited Release wine label featuring Ron.

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