What: Matt Segal slideshow
When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: CU Engineering Center, room ECCR 265
Ask climber Matt Segal what’s in his slideshow tonight (brought to you by the University of Colorado Alpine Club) and you’ll get a list from countries on three continents: United Kingdom, Patagonia, Nepal.
But Segal lives here in Boulder and is known for hard traditionally-protected climbing; he has ticked numerous notable ascents on local rock. He’s also in a flick from the 2010 Reel Rock Film Tour about climbing in Australia and Tasmania.
Climbing on five continents? Not bad for a guy from rock-sparse Florida.
“It’s about the evolution of my climbing, from someone who grew up in Miami, to working on alpine climbing, going on these adventures to Nepal,” Segal said.
Segal does a tour of slide shows of his climbing every year, but this year his presentation will be a little different, he said. Segal spent time earlier this year in Nepal, teaching Sherpas how to climb safely at the Khumbu Climbing School and exploring caves in Mustang.
“This year it’s the first slideshow I’ve done that’s just as much about adventure as it is about climbing specifically,” he said.
Though he’s solely dedicated himself to rock climbing in the past, he has taken up skiing and ice climbing in the past couple of winters. So the show has a little bit of everything. (Segal on ice climbing: “It was scary at first.”)
“Ice climbing’s totally different than rock climbing, and some of these longer walls I’m getting more inspired to climb, you have to ice climb a little bit,” he said.
Segal said he tries to keep his slideshows light and funny.
“I think you can’t take yourself too seriously, because we’re all just climbing,” he said.
“Sometimes in order to keep going, you just have to crack up.”