The Geology of Rock Climbing presentation

Flakes-Jugs-Splitters-presentationA multimedia presentation and book signing with Sarah Garlick:

Why does Hueco have huecos? Why do The Needles have needles? What causes granite to be solid in some places, but crumbly in others? Why is there so much limestone in Europe?

Learn the answers to these questions and more at this entertaining presentation by climber and geologist Sarah Garlick. With colorful diagrams and professional photographs, Sarah brings you the stories behind the boulders, cliffs, and mountains of the world’s top climbing destinations. Sarah is the author of the award-winning book: Flakes, Jugs, & Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology.

“Sarah not only answers the geologic questions we’ve all pondered during tedious belays, she goes a step further. She engages her audience with a blend of science, adventure and personal stories.” —Fitz Cahall, The Dirtbag Diaries

“We have some of the world’s best climbers coming through our shop with their slides hows, but Sarah’s was special. It was an interesting and refreshing perspective on the sport we all know and love — definitely one of the most original presentations we’ve had at Feathered Friends.” —Eddie Espinosa, Seattle

“Sarah, thanks for coming to both of our climbing gyms. Your slide show/book tour for Flakes, Jugs & Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology was very informative and well received. We keep selling out of your books and can’t wait for you to come back!” —Lary Norin, Rhode Island Rock Gym and Rock Spot Climbing

Flakes, Jugs & Splitters is a great journey through geology, via a climber’s perspective. Sarah explains the formation of the features that, as climbers, we rely on for travel in the vertical world of rock. Her show features some amazing rock imagery and as a climber I was psyched to head for new crags and climb!” —Christian Folk, Outdoor Research, Seattle

 Please contact Sarah if you are interested in learning more about her presentations and booking her as a speaker for your next event.

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