Evolution Traverse Talk

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The Evolution Traverse (5.9 VI), pioneered by Peter Croft, is widely considered the greatest of the Sierra ridge traverses. Including over 8 miles of technical terrain and nine peaks over 13000 ft., it dwarfs the coveted Palisade Traverse and is of mythical proportions.

On Tuesday, November 1, 8:15 pm Michelle Peot, who lives in Bishop, CA and works remotely for an internet search company, told us of her solo journey across the magnificent ridge that has thwarted so many other capable climbers. The Caltech Alpine Club hosted this event for free (no tickets required); there were food, drinks, good company, and an awesome talk!

See Michelle's trip report on supertopo.org


With many thanks to Michelle, the entire slideshow is now available below. Please avoid redistributing without permission from Michelle (username fossana on summitpost).

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Event Details

This was a free event and took place Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at 8:15 pm in Room number 142, Keck Labs on Caltech's campus in Pasadena, CA. There were drinks, hors d'oeuvres (including some tasty momos from Tibet-Nepal House), and some time to chat before and after the talk.

You could RSVP on Facebook if you would like.


The location was Keck Labs, room 142 on Caltech's campus in Pasadena (follow the link for a nice map). If you came to Reel Rock Tour 2011, the Keck Labs are adjacent to and directly east of Ramo Auditorium. If you didn't, here is a Caltech interactive campus map, and information on visitor parking. Parking after 5 PM is easy. We recommend you park in "Lot 11" or on any of the streets around Caltech.

Michelle's trademark self-portrait.
This is what the ridge looks like!


Other upcoming talks

  • Jed Brown: scientist, first-ascentionist and winner of the Piolet d’Or on 15th December, on his ascent of Xuelian West
  • SP Parker: renowned Mountain Guide and High Sierra expert on 26th January, on ice-climbing in the Sierra and Patagonia