2017 Featured Presentations

photo by Warren Macdonald

Margot Talbot

7 pm @ Clyde Iron

From Margo’s website: “There are lots of speakers who can speak on depression, on overcoming drug addiction, or on the topic of personal empowerment. There are lots of adventure speakers who can entertain us with the stories of their travels into far-flung places. There are few, however, who can do all of the above; who can take us into the inner landscape of our psyches and teach us how to tap into the power that lies within each and every one of us.”

Margo Talbot is a world renowned ice climber, mental wellness coach, TED talker, and the author of All That Glitters, A Climber’s Journey Through Addiction and Depression (finalist, 2011 Banff Book Awards). She works with organizations and associations looking to enhance their wellbeing through a focus on vitality in the work place and runs experiential learning programs for youth-at-risk battling addiction.

A sponsored ice climber with Outdoor Research, she teaches ice climbing clinics all over North America. Her work has taken her from the High Arctic to Antarctica, guiding clients on expeditions to the South Pole and Antarctica’s tallest peak, Mt. Vinson.

Margo’s presentations are highly acclaimed and inspiring on many levels. You don’t have to be a climber to appreciate Margo’s incredible story or her uplifting POV. Free, and open to all!


Rebecca Lewis @ Nathan Kutcher

8 pm @ Clyde Iron

Rebecca Lewis is one of Canada’s top female ice climbers. She’s been part of establishing many of Eastern Canada’s most difficult mixed climbs including her most recent route Team Girl Squad (M8). She is on the Canadian national ice climbing team and competes internationally on the World Cup ice climbing circuit. This past December she made the podium, placing second in the UIAA North American Championship in Durango, CO.

Nathan Kutcher is one of Canada’s top ice climbers. He’s established numerous difficult mixed climbs including the traditionally protected ground-up ascent of Metamorphosis (M10, R). He is on the Canadian national ice climbing team and competes internationally on the World Cup ice climbing circuit. In 2012 he defeated a strong field of international climbers and won the prestigious Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado.

Together, Rebecca and Nathan will share their story about developing into world class ice and competition climbers: “Aspects where we had to develop independently, how we helped each other and the good and bad of being a climbing couple.” They have been travelling for the last year, living in their Sprinter, concentrating of drytooling and competition in the winter and enjoying rock climbing through the summer and fall. Free presentation!