Ueli Steck Tour-Chicago stop

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jon jugenheimer · · Madison · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 1,425


Aug 31st. Show starts at 7:30.

Patio Theater
6008 W Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 550

the Patio.!...been a long time since I was up there. Do they have a lot or some side street parking available for those of us who don't use public trans. and live far off, needing to drive up?

jon jugenheimer · · Madison · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 1,425

I have no idea on the lot Woodchuck. I never even heard of the place till the other day. Sorry.

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 550

I lived up there in late 70's,,sure made my drive up to DL a lot faster in my 'club' days to be there on quick weekends.
Couple old small theaters around, and most had at least one small back parking lot then. But with how Chicago screws you for street parking these days, you never know where to safely leave a car for over 2 hours.

Boots Ylectric · · Chicago IL · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 25

Woodchuck. No lot there, but it's on the north side just far enough out from the Loop and Wrigley and all the other parking nightmares of the city. You should be able to find cheep or even free street parking really close by.

jon jugenheimer · · Madison · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 1,425

Bump for a change in locations.

From the AAC email;
Venue Update: The show has moved to the Portage Theater and the VIP Gathering to Cochinita Taco Co., just down the road from the old venue.

Donny Knight · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 10

There's a pay for parking lot Laport and Cuyler. There should be a lot of free parking on the back streets and it's a decent area. Community tavern is also worth checking out if you want a good (but expensive) dinner.

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 550

No such luck for me.. I'm still incapacitated and bed ridden post surgery for my 5th week of shitsville' life going nowhere here. I'm just hoping I can heal up to at least attend the craggin' classic evening events at end of Sept now. Totally shut down life right now.

Boots Ylectric · · Chicago IL · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 25

I thought it was a great presentation. Very inspiring. Definitely had me thinking about using my surgery recovery coming up to kick my but into high gear and get into the best alpine shape I possibly can to start looking at some different objectives. Incredible to watch how fast Ueli moves in the alpine. I really enjoyed the event.

Woodchuck heal up!

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 234

Any other reviews?
Worth $20/person?

jon jugenheimer · · Madison · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 1,425

I thought so. Can't remember the last time there was a guy of his caliber in the Chicago land area for a show. I was entertained of feats of climbing I will probably never do in my lifetime and also climbs and routes well within my abilities.

Doug Hemken · · Madison, WI · Joined Oct 2004 · Points: 5,243

I was sitting two seats down from Jon - we had just flown home from Chamonix.

I thought it was a terrific show. Often talks by people who climb at such a high level do not have much personal appeal to me - they are climbing stuff that is so hard, remote, expensive, or time-consuming that I can't relate it to anything I would do personally. It may be interesting or entertaining, but it is not inspiring. Ueli was inspiring!

He talked about some of his big climbs, but it was framed in a recent project to climb all the European 4000ers in a single season - some of it would be accessible to any climber. It is great to hear that someone so accomplished still enjoys climbing beautiful routes with mere mortals.

At the same time, he talked about beautiful routes at eveny level of difficulty. So in some sense, he connected stuff you can do now with stuff you can do next, with some of the biggest climbs out there. Hard not to be inspired. It made me think about Gaston Rebuffat's book on the Mont Blanc Alps - it weaves together beauty and athleticism, insisting on including both without prioritizing either.

I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 234

Saw him in Boulder.
Have to admit I was underwhelmed.

It was like watching 2 hours of somebody's summer vacation slides.
Maybe slides of doing all the 14ers.

"Here is a picture of a mountain you have never heard of that I climbed very fast. Here is a picture of another mountain that you have never heard of...."

Some really pretty landscape views, but only 3 basic shots- distant landscape, distant landscape with small dot that is Ueli, and picture of Ueli with partners drinking beer. I realize it would be hard to get anything better if you are climbing the Eiger N Face in 2 hours, but doesn't make it any easier to watch.

Better than the only Fred Beckey slide show I suffered through. Now that was tedious!

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 550

Missed it, but gotta say that some great explorers are just not cut out to be public speakers when trying to relay their experiences. I'd love to see Fred Beckey program just because he is such a character. And to see him operate at the post program party as he is amazing in his capability to attract the adoring attention of so many younger women !
I'd have to say the master of photo, film and adventure story telling, with his low key humor, has to be Warren Miller. I couldn't believe there was a full page ad in newest issue of Climbing Magazine for his new book!
As for locally known speakers, the Stettner brothers were pretty interesting back in their days with the CMC.

Tradiban · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2004 · Points: 10,980

Saw him in SD. His presentation was one run-on sentance but in a funny way. Regardless, just to be in his presence was great. To be honest I have never been to a good climber slide show, they almost all lack the panashe to put on a good show. Mayne that says something about climbers in general.

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 550

And to think the Brits financed their climbing back in the day by coming home from an outing to the Himalaya and going on speaking, slide show tours to clubs around their area. How droll and boring I'm sure a lot of them were. I always enjoyed our guest speakers at Iowa Mountaineers banquets throughout the 80's era, and the great trips we sponsored and held. Was so much fun, a very close knit group.
As mentioned above, some people just have a knack for making presentations fun and funny, like Warren Miller has done for half a century or more. But the real pros practice and rehearse their 'script' to match the speed of their slide presentation,,no canned sound or background audio,,just their commentary over the slides, with time to pause and respond to serious questions too. I really miss those years and kinds of presentations...and Don't Even get me started on lame Powerpoint failures that corporates try to pass off on us.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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