KEYNOTE ADDRESS: REALIZATION*
Join photographer, writer, climber and activist, Nikki Smith as she tells her story of Realization. Nikki will share some of her outdoor and climbing photography from over 20 years in climbing and share insights into her journey as a climber, first ascensionist, guidebook author, writer and a woman who happens to be transgender.
*TRIGGER WARNING: This presentation will briefly mention depression, suicidal ideation, and sexual harassment.
ADVENTURE & NATURE WRITING WORKSHOP
If you’ve ever wanted to write about your adventures and outdoor experiences, but don’t know where to start, then this workshop is for you. Learn the fundamentals of written storytelling, and how to put together a compelling story.
Are you interested in photography, but intimidated by fancy cameras? This workshop is focused on the idea that “the best camera is the one you have with you”. And what camera is more universally carried than the phone camera? Learn how to change how you see rather than focus on camera settings. We will go over composition, choosing subjects, light, and finding the right vantage to make your phone photos shine. This class will have a mix of in-class instruction, then outdoor practical exercises.
About Our Instructor:
Nikki is a photographer, artist, writer, guidebook author, and climber based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She started climbing in the early ’90s, and has been working in the outdoor industry and climbing world since 1998. She’s authored five climbing guidebooks to date with a few more on the way and has written many feature articles for climbing magazines. She’s done more than 150 first ascents throughout the west and has traveled the world to climb.
Now, much of her work is focused on trying to build a more inclusive, diverse, and safe community within climbing and the outdoors. She is an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, and a Board Member for the Access Fund.