Diva Dirtbags: Progress in Climbing & Life on the Road

Diva Dirtbags: Progress in Climbing & Life on the Road

Have you ever thought of taking months off work to be a dirtbag and visit the climbing destinations of your dreams? Come hear how local climber Chris Mutzel left his day job for the pursuit of steep rock, sinker ice, and big mountains. He and his climbing partner, Jimmy Voorhis, are spending this year in some of the world’s finest climbing venues - Alaska, Chamonix, the Bugaboos, Squamish, Yosemite Valley, the Canadian Rockies, and Patagonia. Jimmy and Chris will discuss the training routines and travel plans they have developed to tackle objectives like the “Nose-in-a-day” and the Ragni route on Cerro Torre. They will reflect on life on the road, dirt-bagging in style, staying healthy, and developing a strong climbing partnership. Expect fun stories, pretty photos, and swag from the awesome folks at Outdoor Research, Alpine Start Coffee, and ReddBar.

Beer from NW Peaks will be provided. 

November 2, 2016

Doors: 7:30 Show: 7:45

Second Ascent

5209 Ballard Ave, NW 

Seattle, WA 98107


History: Jimmy and Chris started their climbing partnership two years again when they climbed the Salathe Wall on El Capitan.  During this season they intend to visit Yosemite again in order to attempt the Nose in a day, and then later to visit the Canadian Rockies and Patagonia for long alpine routes.

More about Chris:

Chris is a Seattle-based climber and skier, who recently left his engineering day job for a brief stint on the road. He serves as a co-section chair for the Cascade section of the American Alpine Club, and he enjoys being a part of the wonderful community of outdoor recreationalists in the Pacific Northwest. Some of his favorite activities include long days out on skis or in a harness, or both. Most important to trips for Chris are good friends and healthy food.

More about Jimmy:

Jimmy Voorhis is a guide based in Conway, NH, guiding ice climbs in the winter and on Denali in the spring. He turned to guiding to “take a few years off” after finishing a graduate degree in geochemistry. In Alaska, he's climbed the Moonflower Buttress on Begguya (Mt. Hunter) and the Father and Son’s Wall on Denali.