Moshannon Group Events and Presentations
All events are open to the public as well as Moshannon Group members. For more information on any of these programs, or to contribute ideas for programs that would be of interest to our members, contact Moshannon Group Chair Gary Thornbloom by email.
For information on the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, contact Moshannon Group Film Festival Coordinator Lynne Heritage at LLHeritage@comcast.net or 814-571-8063.
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Saturday, September 28 • 7 p.m.
Extreme Ice Survey field assistant, Adam LeWinter on NE rim of Birthday Canyon • From the film Chasing Ice
Sierra Club Moshannon Group is sponsoring Chasing Ice at the State Theatre (W. College Avenue, State College).
In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.
Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about thenature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey.
With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face-to-face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
Tickets available through The State Theatre Box Office.
Thursday, October 24 • 7 p.m.
Greenland: A kayaking, hiking and camping adventure
Ilulissat Glacier, Greenland • Photo by Gary Thornbloom
Moshannon Group Chair Gary Thornbloom will share photos of and speak about his visit to Greenland earlier this summer. His presentation
will include images of places filmed in Chasing Ice. THornbloom’s trip included kayaking, hiking, camping, and time in Ilulissat and
While in Greenland Thornbloom watched and listened to glaciers booming, as well as the sharp crack of icebergs breaking up, and occasionally rolling. Arctic foxes were companions at the campsites. Hiking included treks to pre-christian burial sites, rock fox traps and tent rings. Wildflowers were abundant and beautiful.
Join us for an account of a stunning and changing part of our world!
About Moshannon Group Presentations
Our regular presentations feature speakers on important local conservation issues and outdoor adventures. Our presentations are usually held during the autumn, winter, and spring months.
Our preferred location is the community room at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 South Allen Street in downtown State College. We occasionally hold events in other locations, such as the community meeting room at State College Borough Municipal Building, next door to the Schlow Library.