Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Climber Kevin Jorgeson at Sonoma Speaker Series Hanna Boys Center

Monday April 2nd - 6:30pm

Tickets are now on sale to hear a conversation with international climbing icon Kevin Jorgeson who, along with Tommy Caldwell, made the first free climb of the Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Capitan in January of 2015.

Jorgeson is a Santa Rosa native who first began climbing walls at age 11 when his father took him to Vertex, an indoor climbing gym in Santa Rosa. As a toddler, he sought routes over trees, fences, cupboards, ladders, anything. After his introduction to Vertex, rock climbing took over his life, and by 19, he was the top-ranked climber for his age in the country.

His passion for free climbing inevitably led him to Yosemite and the most famous slab of granite in the world. El Capitan soars 3,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and the Dawn Wall is its hardest route. Their stunning achievement has been called the world’s hardest successful climb.

Jorgeson will be interviewed by David Bolling, a one-time host of adventure TV programs for the Outdoor Life Network, who became publisher of Whole Earth Magazine, then editor and publisher of the Sonoma Index-Tribune and Sonoma Magazine. He is currently the editor and publisher of Valley of the Moon Magazine.

The event takes place on Monday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Dr.

VIP tickets are $75. Ticket holders are invited to a VIP Reception held in the Legacy Center at Hanna Boys Center for a “Meet and Greet” with the speaker from 5:45-6:45 p.m., complimentary beer, wine and appetizers, plus reserved seating in the first few rows of the auditorium for the Speaker Presentation, which runs 7-8:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $35. Beer ($5) and wine ($7) are on sale a half an hour before and after the presentation.Tickets are available at