Guest Speakers, 2012 Fall Conference, Mammoth Lakes
The fall speaker series is sponsored by Chrysler, San Disk, Mammoth Lakes Tourism, and Mammoth Land & Cattle Co.
DAVID ROBERTS (Keynote) is the author of twenty-two books on mountaineering, adventure, the outdoors, and the American Southwest, including Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain (with Ed Viesturs), and the memoir On The Ridge Between Life and Death (Simon & Schuster, 2005). His first two books, The Mountain of My Fear (1968) and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative (1970) were ranked #28 in National Geographic Adventure's 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time. He is the editor of the collection Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the 20th Century (Outside Books/Norton). His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men's Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer JACK DYKINGA blends large-format landscape art photography with documentary photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways, Overland Journal, and National Geographic. His nine wilderness-advocacy, large-format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley. Jack has participated in four Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions (RAVEs) with the International League of Conservation Photographers: in Chiapas (2007); Balandra, Baja Sur (2007); the Yucatan Peninsula (2009), the U.S./ Mexico Borderlands (2009); and Patagonia, Chile (2010). In April 2010, Jack’s image: “Stone Canyon” was selected as one of the forty best Nature Photographs of all time by the ILCP. He was named 2011 Outstanding Photographer of the Year by the Nature Photographers of North America. He and his wife Margaret live in Tucson, Arizona.
MARY SOJOURNER is the author of two novels, Sisters of the Dream (1989) and Going Through Ghosts (University of Nevada Press, 2010); a short story collection, Delicate (Scribner, 2004); an essay collection, Bonelight: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest (University of Nevada Press, 2010); a memoir, Solace: Rituals of Loss and Desire (Scribner, 2007), and a memoir/self-help guide, She Bets Her Life (Seal Press, 2010). She is an intermittent NPR commentator and the author of countless essays, columns and op eds for High Country News, Yoga Journal, Writers on the Range, Matador Network, Mountain Gazette and dozens of other publications. She teaches writing at colleges and universities, writing conferences and book festivals, and leads workshops on Crazy Busyness.
CHRISTIAN PONDELLA is head photographer for Red Bull USA, senior photographer for Powder Magazine, and a member of the San Disk Extreme Team. Based in Mammoth Lakes, his work has been featured in Outside, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, Maxim, FHM, GQ, and most major ski publications. His work and exploits are chronicled on his photo blog.
STEPHEN KRCMAR is journalist and social media expert who splits his time between Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes, California. He regularly writes about the outdoors and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles Times, and GearJunkie.com. During his tenure as Social Media Director at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, the resort garnered more Facebook fans than any other ski area in the world while maintaining industry leading EdgeRank scores. He’s been interviewed about social media by Ric Dragon for his book Social Marketology (McGraw-Hill), Brian Solis, Fox News, and other media outlets.
JOHN WENTWORTH (Newsmaker) is the Chairman and CEO of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation (MLTPA). Under his direction, MLTPA has initiated and seen adopted an ambitious update of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan, spearheaded the adoption of two special tax measures securing local funding for trails, parks, recreation, mobility and arts and culture, and worked with agency partners—the Inyo National Forest and the Town of Mammoth Lakes—to implement a multi-jurisdictional signage and wayfinding program for the Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS) which is fully integrated with a platform-independent website. MLTPA has been recognized by the Sierra Business Council and the Far West Ski Association for its efforts on behalf of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System. Prior to moving to Mammoth Lakes, in 2000, John worked in the motion picture industry, where his credits include Co-Producer of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Mulholland Drive.