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Tahoe film series concluding with climbing icon Kate Rutherford

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Climbing icon Kate Rutherford will hedline the final installment of the 10th anniversary Winter Film Series at the Olympic Village Lodge on March 17.
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About Kate Rutherford

Kate Rutherford attributes her love of climbing to the childhood trapeze in her rural Alaskan cabin. Without electricity or running water, she had lots of time to climb and dangle. She officially learned to climb while attending Colorado College, but a visit to Yosemite changed everything. Today, free climbing long crack systems is her passion, which she augments with making jewelry and stints as a fly-fishing guide.

Rutherford’s passion for climbing adventures and wild lands started in rural Alaska in 1981. When she was just a baby, her family built a homestead on a ridge near Tok Junction, with a view of the glittering Alaska Range. She loved the wild land and its weather; she remembers long nights under the Aurora Borealis. Moonlit skiing taught her how to be comfortable in the Arctic chill and from there she managed to cultivate her love of the wilderness into a full time lifestyle.

After many years in Alaska, Rutherford moved to Vashon Island, Wash., and added the subtle beauty of the rainforest to her experience. Then she fell in love with the red desert of Utah and, wanting to be closer to it, enrolled at Colorado College. There, among its extraordinary community of climbers, Rutherford learned to climb on the spectacular granite of the South Plat and Moab’s red cliffs. And from there as they say, “The rest is history.”

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Alpenglow Sports will present the fifth and final installment of the 10th anniversary Winter Film Series, presented by 101.5 KTKE Truckee Tahoe Radio on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m.

Kate Rutherford will round out the series at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge. Rutherford will present “The Year of the Leaning Towers,” which will showcase her life weaving together the threads of new routes in remote mountain ranges on distant continents, art and fun big walls at home in California.

“We’re very excited to round out the season with Kate,” said Alpenglow Sports owner Brendan Madigan. “She’s been a staple in the rock climbing world for over a decade and her global adventures in search of new ascents in remote mountain ranges are highly inspiring.”

The show, “The Year of the Leaning Towers,” will follow Rutherford from achieving her lifetime goal of climbing all seven summits of the Fitz Roy Range in Patagonia to new routes in Canada, and finally to more complex goals that rally the whole climbing community in Yosemite Valley.

In Patagonia, Yosemite Valley and new routes in the rugged wilds of British Columbia, beautiful granite and climbing partners are the stars of the climbing show. 

The Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series has become an eagerly anticipated winter tradition for North Tahoe’s skiing, climbing and adventure community. Designed to inspire, motivate and educate, the event runs from November through March and showcases five famous athletes who tell various tales of adventure from remote mountain ranges across the globe.

All shows are free and raffle prizes from sponsors are sold to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations.

From its inception in 2006, the Winter Film Series has raised over $70,000 for local nonprofits, making a tangible difference in the North Lake Tahoe community.

The nonprofit beneficiary for Rutherford’s evening is Send It Foundation, a group that seeks to inspire positivity, courage and gratitude in young adult cancer fighters through the gift of outdoor adventure and community. Amazing raffle prizes will be on hand from sponsors Patagonia, Clif Bar, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Edelrid and Innate Climbing.

Alpenglow encourages early arrival for the best seating. Contact info@alpenglowsports.com or call 530-583-6917 with questions.


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