MOUNTAIN CULTURE MONTH: This Week Come Climb California’s Highest Peaks
Ryan Tetz presents ON MY OWN POWER – RECORDS ON CALIFORNIA’S 14ers
Mammoth Lakes, CA – Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Shira Dubrovner announced a unique partnership with Lia Webb of Adventure Hub to co-produce a series of extraordinary presentations titled Mountain Culture Month throughout the entire month of March. The week’s series speaker is Ryan Tetz, presenting On My Own Power – Records on California’s 14ers on Wednesday March 20th at Edison Theatre. Tetz is a Mammoth Lakes local, nurse, and accomplished endurance athlete whose most recent adventures combine biking and “peak bagging:” a unique endurance challenge involving climbing a series of mountains peaks in rapid succession. Come here Ryan speak about his attempt to set a new record Fastest Known Time (FKT) biking and climbing the California 14ers: a list of all the mountains in California higher than 14,000 ft, including Mount Muir, Mount Shasta, and Mount Whitney summit. To achieve the record, Ryan had to complete the list in just about 8 days.
“Most people would be satisfied with just making it to the top of Mount Whitney once,” Webb stated, “but not Ryan. His daring spirit and single-minded dedication to pushing himself to his limits is incredibly inspiring, and hearing him talk about these attempts makes you feel like you’re on the adventure with him.”
Ryan Tetz is a mountain guide, climber, and longtime eastside resident. A powerful and accomplished endurance athlete, one of his proudest accomplishment is earning the record for FKT on the Badwater to Whitney Duathlon in 2017. The bike/hike challenge took him from Badwater, Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney in less than 14 hours, requiring 132 miles of uphill road cycling before he even began the climb. He originally set the record several years prior, before losing it to Don Bowie in 2014. In his post on fastetknowntime.com, Ryan wrote “I went 47 minutes faster than my first attempt, taking back the record at this moment as the fastest man to go from the lowest to highest points in the lower 48 on my own power! I'm wrecked, couch bound, not functional! #grateful” In September of last year, he chose to tackle the California 14ers. The list is a grueling challenge for any climber, including highly technical peaks in the Palisades and stretching from Mount Shasta in the Northern Cascades to Mount Langley in the Sierra Nevada. Add to that the challenge of biking from peak to peak and trying to set a multi-sport record on his own power, and you can understand the unique mental and physical endurance required for such an attempt.
Please join Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre and Adventure Hub at Edison Theatre next Wednesday, March 20th at 7pm to hear Ryan share stories from the trail as well as some memorable stories from his childhood in the Eastside. Ticketing, information and details at MammothLakesRepertoryTheatre.org.
WHO: Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre
WHAT: Mountain Culture Month – On My Own Power – Records on California’s 14ers
WHEN: March 20 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Edison Theatre, 100 College Parkway, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
COST: Tickets online: $10; Tickets at the door: $12 No discounts
RESERVE TICKETS: www.MammothLakesRepertoryTheatre.org