The Sharp End of Life, with author Dierdre Wolownick

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • 12:15 to 1:15 pm

The Sharp End of Life, with author Dierdre Wolownick

Thursday, December 5, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Location: Raef Hall 160
Presenter: Dierdre Wolownick, author and former ARC French Professor
Flex credit: 1.0 hour
Wife. Mother. Professor. Marathoner. Musician. Survivor. All aptly describe Dierdre Wolownick. As does “climber.” But unlike her son, famed free-soloist Alex Honnold, who began his climbing career at age 19 and made a ropeless ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan at 31, Dierdre began climbing at the age of 58.  A native of New York City, Dierdre Wolownick has lived and worked in many parts of the world. Since 1971, she’s taught five foreign languages on three continents, including American River College.  She is a cast member in the 2019 Academy Award-winning documentary “Free Solo.” 

In her latest book, The Sharp End of Life, Dierdre places her climbing within the context of the rest of her life, laying bare a sometimes vulnerable and isolated journey. Her experiences gave Dierdre the tenacity to follow her passions which led her, ultimately, to become the oldest woman to climb “El Cap.”  

 This event meets state PD guideline B; ARC strategic goal 1; ISLO 6.