Mountain & Adventure Festival Gathering Kicks Off with Sasha DiGiulian, Adrian Ballinger, and Steph Davis

August 29, 2017

SoCal's premiere outdoor festival offers a weekend of world-renowned athlete presentations, inspirational adventure films, climbing, hiking, yoga, music, and connecting with friends.

The Mountain & Adventure Festival Gathering kicks off Friday morning with a diverse offering of pro athlete presentations, outdoor recreation activities, demo’s and clinics, vendor village, inspirational adventure films, music, camping, and connecting with friends.

To see the complete list of presenters and instructors visit http://bit.ly/2uEBD2e.

MAFF Gathering: September 1st at 10:00am – September 3rd at 4:00pm, 2017
52nd Annual Race to the Top: September 4th, 2017
Mt Baldy Ski Lifts | Top of the Notch | 8401 Mt Baldy Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759

Passes are available on Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2tN9d2d



5:00pm – 5:45pm – Benjamin Oberman “Welcome to the Festival, Optimize Your Experience”
6:00pm – 6:45pm – Mark & Janelle Smiley – “50 Classic Climbs of North America”

12:00pm – 12:45pm – Libby Sauter – “Cardiac Care and Climbing”
1:00pm – 1:45pm – Ben Rueck – “Climbing in Corsica”
2:00pm – 2:45pm – Brette Harrington – “Patagonia and beyond”
3:00pm – 3:45pm – Sasha DiGiulian “Creating My Path”
4:00pm – 4:45pm – Steph Davis – “Learning to Fly”
5:00pm – 5:45pm – Adrian Ballinger – “Everest No Filter”

9:30am – 10:15am – James Edward Mills – “The Adventure Gap”
10:30am – 11:30am – Women and Adventure Sports
Panelists: Steph DavisLibby SauterBrette HarringtonJanelle Smiley, and Heidi Wirtz
Moderator: Jeremy Collins



2:00pm – 5:00pm – Hike / Trail Run with Libby Sauter and Matthias Mayr
*Join adidas outdoor athlete and AAC Hall of Fame member, Libby Sauter and Peak Performance athlete, Matthias Mayr for a journey on Mt Baldy.

9:00am – 12:00pm – Hike the Devil’s Backbone Trail with Mark & Janelle Smiley
*Join AMGA Certified Guides, and the only people to have climbed the “50 Classic Climbs of North America”, Mark & Janelle Smiley, to hike the Devil’s Backbone Trail to the LA’s highest Summit, Mt Baldy, 10,064′.

10:00am – 1:00pm – Downhill Skateboard Demo
*Watch the experts from Loaded Boards as they fly down the Mt Baldy Switchbacks on their skateboards. This event is taking place on Mt Baldy Road below the Manker Flats Campground.

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Mountain Board Demo with Chaz Wilson
*Watch the experts from the Mountain Board Shop skateboard down the rocky roads of Mt. Baldy

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Hang Gliding Demo
*Watch the experts from WindSports Hang Gliding School launch from Telegraph Peak and land at the festival.




2:00pm – 6:30pm – Andy MezAri SharkDansmanGeorgia O Keif, and Misharev will be spinning music on the Top of the Notch deck for your relaxation and enjoyment.
9:00pm – 12:00am – Andy MezAri SharkDansmanGeorgia O Keif, and Misharev will keep the party going inside the Top of the Notch bar.

10:30am – 6:30pm – Andy MezAri SharkDansmanGeorgia O Keif, and Misharev will be spinning music on the Top of the Notch deck for your relaxation and enjoyment.
9:00pm – 10:00pm – Hounds (Live)
10:00pm – 12:00am – Andy MezAri SharkDansmanGeorgia O Keif, and Misharev will keep the party going inside the Top of the Notch bar.

10:00am – 2:00pm – Andy MezAri SharkDansmanGeorgia O Keif, and Misharev will be spinning music on the Top of the Notch deck for your relaxation and enjoyment.



FRIDAY: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“In the Tracks of the First” | Directed by Matthias Mayr | Q&A with the director to follow
Austrian Freeride skiers and adventurers Matthias Haunholder and Matthias Mayr embark on a mission to ski some of the steepest walls in their home mountains, the alps. Years before both were even born, those walls were ridden by dauntless young mountaineers. Now, more than 30 years later, Hauni and Matthias meet up with their predecessors and compare conditions now and then and try to ski with the gear of the past as well as with their actual Hi Tec gear. The North Face of Zillertals highest Summit, the “Hochfeiler“ and the most famous ice climbing route in Austria, the “Pallavicini Couloir“ located at Austria’s highest mountain, “Großglockner“ are the main objectives.

“The Park” | Directed by John Dickey
The Park is a love story between a wild mountain environment and the climbers who love it. Rocky Mountain National Park sees few visitors in winter because of its heinous conditions but for a small group of climbers it is exactly what they are looking for. The Park dishes out its worst and the climbers wallow in it trying to understand why they are hear putting up with it all.

SATURDAY: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“Safety Third” | Directed by Cedar Wright
“There’s a fine line between being bold and being a dumbass. And I think Brad did some time on both sides of the line.” Such are the words filmmaker and climber Cedar Wright uses to describe the subject of his new film. Meet Brad Gobright, 27 years old, busboy at a fine dining establishment, dirtbag, college dropout. Gobright’s diet consists of sprinkled donuts, scraps from work, glazed croissants, apple pie, and any and all junk food. And one other thing: Gobright is one of the best and boldest free solo climbers in the sport — who nobody has ever heard of. Safety Third shines the spotlight on Gobright, probably for a shorter moment than he deserves. But it doesn’t matter. His mind is elsewhere, focused on his next free solo.

“Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia” | Directed by Jim Aikman
Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia is a film about one man’s journey from the top of the world to the end of the line. Jeff helped make climbing what it is today, through technical innovation and more than a thousand first ascents, including “Metanoia” on the north face of the Eiger, where he experienced a spiritual transformation that continues to this day. Jeff’s story inspires us all, as he brings the creativity and strength that characterized his climbing career to the challenge that he faces today: his own mortality.

SUNDAY: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
“Mile for Mile” | Directed by James Q Martin
Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape.

“Wainwright Record Attempt” | Directed by Alastair Lee
The unassuming and unlikely Steve Birkinshaw is one of the great fell runners. Have your mind and arteries blown as Steve attempts to break the legendary Joss Naylor’s 27 year old record by linking up all 214 Lakeland Wainwright summits in under seven days. A level of suffering breaching into the super human. Blister hell, dehydration, searing heat and tendonitis are just some of the obstacles between Steve and a place in fell running history. Essentially this is not a story about fell running but of the relentless human spirit. THE WAINWRIGHTS IN NUMBERS: 214 Lakeland summits, 320 miles, 36,000m of ascent | The equivalent of 2 marathons a day, up and down Everest 4 times.



10:00am – 4:00pm – Open Climbing | Demo the latest Evolv Climbing Shoes
4:00pm – 5:00pm – “Tips from the Pros”, Get pointers on your climbing technique from pro climbers

9:00am – 10:00am – Open Climbing | Demo the latest Evolv Climbing shoes
10:00am – 10:30am – “Training for Climbing” with Sasha DiGiulian
10:45am – 11:30am – Kids Climbing Camp with Jess Moran
11:45am – 12:00pm – Climbing Basics: “Tying In Safely” with the Stronghold Climbing Gym
12:00pm – 12:15pm – Climbing Basics: “Belaying” with the Stronghold Climbing Gym
12:30pm – 1:00pm – “Gear Talk: Ski Mountaineering” with Adrian Ballinger
1:00pm – 2:30pm – Open Climbing | Demo the latest Evolv Climbing Shoes
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Kids Climbing Camp with Jess Moran
3:30pm – 5:30pm – Open Climbing | Demo the latest Evolv Climbing Shoes
5:45pm – 6:30pm – Dyno Comp | Open to the public | Test your skills and win prizes!

9:00am – 9:30am – “Sport Climbing, Tricks and Techniques”, with Ben Rueck
10:00am – 10:30am – “Self Rescue: Escaping the Belay”, with Mark & Janelle Smiley
10:30am – 12:00pm – Open Climbing | Demo the latest Evolv Climbing Shoes



4:00pm – 5:00pm – “Welcome Yoga” | Instructor: Heidi Wirtz, Earth Play Retreats

7:30am – 8:30am – “Tai Chi & Meditation” | Instructor: Hans Knust-Graichen, Pentjak Silat USA
8:45am – 9:45am – “Yoga – Wake Up and Shine!” | Instructor: Christine Burke, Liberation Yoga
10:00am – 11:30am – “Slackline Yoga Fundamentals” | Instructors: Tom Grundy and Tom Widdison, YogaSlackers
11:45am – 12:45pm – “Pilates Core” | Instructor: Jeff Miller
1:00pm – 2:00pm – “Nutrition – Food is Medicine” | Presenter: Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNN Health
2:00pm – 3:00pm – “Yoga – Repair and Rejuvenate” | Instructor: Christine Burke, Liberation Yoga
3:30pm – 5:00pm – “Slackro: Acro Yoga + Slackline Yoga” | Instructors: Tom Grundy and Tom Widdison, YogaSlackers

8:00am – 9:00am – “Yoga – Wake Up and Shine!” | Instructor: Christine Burke, Liberation Yoga
9:00am – 10:30am – “Slackline Yoga – The Path to Ultimate Balance” | Instructors: Tom Grundy and Tom Widdison, YogaSlackers
10:30am – 11:30am – “Pilates – Movement and Stretching” | Instructor: Jeff Miller
11:30am – 12:30pm – “Awareness and Self Defense for Women” | Instructor: Hans Knust-Graichen, Pentjak Silat USA



8:30pm – 10:00pm – “Stars and City Lights” with Ryan Coursey, RYCO LA
*Learn how to take beautiful night time photos using long exposure, or bulb mode. This class will require students to bring a tripod.

9:00am – 10:00am – “Beginning Photography 101” with Sarah Haas, Getty Images and The Ellen DeGeneres Show
*This workshop will cover the BASICS of shooting with a DSLR in manual mode. Students will learn how to set a proper exposure using aperture, ISO and shutter speed and how to use these three to manipulate an image for different looks. We will cover the other settings on your DSLR and the differences between various lenses and how to pick the right one for your photo.

10:15am – 11:15am – “Photography 102 – Practicing your beginning photography in Action” with Sarah Haas
*We will practice shooting action sports using aperture, ISO and shutterspeed by shooting an outdoor activity at the festival (zipline, skateboarding, climbing wall or an activity you have happening).

11:30am – 12:30pm – “Lighting a Portrait (Indoors)” with Sarah Haas
*This workshop will demonstrate a basic light setup, using a key light, fill light and back light. We will go over the basics of setting up c-stands and soft boxes, how to use grids, reflectors, etc and what these achieve on the subject. We will set up a few different light setups and practice on the students in class, then have an athlete sit in at the end so each person can get a cool portrait.

1:30pm -2:30pm – “iPhone Class” with Sarah Haas
*Master your iPhone to take a great photo. How to get the proper exposure and focus, what is great composition and framing, picking a good subject, and editing your photos.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – “Shooting in Outdoor Light (Portraits/Nature)” with Sarah Haas
*This workshop will teach to properly expose photos outdoors and where to place subjects in bright sunny light. We will go over what the best time of day to shoot is and practice back lighting.

8:30pm – 10:00pm – “Stars and City Light” with Ryan Coursey, RYCO LA
*Learn how to take beautiful night time photos using long exposure, or bulb mode. This class will require students to bring a tripod.

12:00pm – 12:45pm – “Adventure Photography” with James Edward Mills, The Joy Trip Project
*Learn what it takes to be an adventure photographer. It’s more than just photos.



Gain insights and training in the Indonesian Martial Art, Pentjak Silat: Anakserak, from world renowned instructors Guru Hans Knust-Graichen, Guru Frank DenDaas, and Guru James Brown.
FRIDAY: Schedule of classes TBA
SATURDAY: Schedule of classes TBA
SUNDAY: Schedule of classes TBA



The Stronghold Climbing Gym Summer Camp Directors, Jess and Aaron, will expose campers to rock climbing (artificial wall), hiking, slacklining, yoga, arts and crafts, games, movies, and fun. Campers must be 5-12 years old. Lunch will be provided to campers on Saturday.

FRIDAY: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
SATURDAY: 9:00am – 6:00pm


Interact with the hottest brands in the outdoor industry and check out their latest innovations. This is your chance to find out exactly what gear you need to achieve your adventure. There will be games, giveaways, ambassador poster sessions, demos and more!

FRIDAY: 10:00am – 6:00pm
SATURDAY: 9:00am – 6:00pm
SUNDAY: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Festival Website Home Page – http://bit.ly/2uIFYRa       

Festival tickets – http://bit.ly/2tN9d2d

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