2018 Featured Presenters

Beth Goralski

Beth has been climbing for close to 18 years, but it’s only been in the last 6 years that she’s made climbing a priority, primarily focusing on ice and mixed climbing.

In 2012, Beth moved to Ouray, CO, to hone her ice climbing skills. Since then, she has led difficult first ascents in Iceland and Colorado. Beth has participated in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup and Ouray Ice Festival multiple times. This year she placed 4th in the Mixed difficulty competition in Ouray and 1st place in the speed comp.

Beth has a M.S. in Geography, is an avid trail runner, and is lucky to work from home so her cat, Lola, always has a lap to sit in. Beth is sponsored by Lowa and CiloGear.


 

David Roetzel

Originally from Akron, OH, David moved to Boulder, CO, in the summer of 1988 and has been living in Colorado ever since. He is a graduate of CU Boulder with a B.S. in Kinesiology.

David began rock climbing in the spring of 1989 and this winter marks his 20th season of ice climbing in the East Vail area. He’s spent over 20 years teaching rock climbing and close to 15 years teaching ice climbing. This winter, he created a new guide company in East Vail, “Vail Ice Guides.” He was the 1st person to do many of the classic Vail ice lines with leash-less tools and has climbed mixed routes up to M12. In March 2014, David free soloed 15 of the 16 main ice routes in East Vail, a yet unrepeated feat. David’s goal is to continue to push himself and send some of the harder routes in East Vail. Now that his two children are grown, doing a bit more traveling to climb in new locations is also a high priority.

David is currently supported by Petzl, Outdoor Research, Sportiva, and Julbo.