Transforming lives, Inspiring the younger generation

RON KAUK

Legendary Yosemite climber Ron Kauk was born in Redwood City, California on September 23, 1957.  At age 14, Ron went on a 20-day backcountry experience that was organized by his school.  For the fun of it, one of the adults bet a milkshake for anyone who could complete a difficult climb, which Ron successfully won.  Transfixed by the beauty of climbing, and encouraged by role models in the rock climbing community in Yosemite, Ron was faced with the choice of continuing with his formal education, or moving his education to a different venue. He chose the path of nature and moved to Yosemite at age 17.
At the climber’s campground in Yosemite Valley, known as Camp 4, Ron was surrounded by a community of like-minded individuals seeking meaning in the vertical challenges of the granite walls – walls carved by the forces of nature. A list of Ron’s contemporaries would be a Who’s Who of American rock climbing. Together, they explored the Valley and beyond, venturing into the granite domes of the high country in Tuolumne Meadows and down into the eastern Sierras. They had a blank canvas in the natural art of Yosemite, and pushed the limits of human climbing.

Founder of the Sacred Rok, leading trips to Yosemite for more than 400 young people – incarcerated, foster children, low income –  to experience the healing ceremony of nature.

Sacred Rok transforms the lives of young people who feel that society is closing in on them.  The goal of Sacred Rok is to help youth, including incarcerated youth, to heal by learning to respect nature and through that to respect themselves.  It is also about helping them become part of a caring and nurturing community that loves and trusts them. https://www.sacredrok.org

LUCHO BIRKNER

DIEGO VERGARA LIRA

Practica el alpinismo desde los 14 años. Es Diseñador, Alpinista y Herrero sigue la filosofía de Chouinard. Miembro del DAV, ha participado en expediciones de escalada en hielo, tradicional, alpina y de alta montaña, especializado en los Andes, tanto en Chile como en el extranjero, actividades que alterna con proyectos de arte, diseño y cultura. Su trayectoria como montañista fue reconocida el 2004, cuando le fue otorgado el premio ‘German Macchio’. Junto a otras importantes creaciones y labores de montaña, Diego destaca por ser uno de los creadores y fundadores de la primera competencia de Escalada en Hielo en Sudamérica, el “Portillo Ice Fest”, en 2004. Actualmente redactor de contenidos para Andeshandbook y embajador Stanley. Vive en su casa-taller, Taller Drakkar, VI región. Chile.