The Shortest Straw. Cragman aka Dean Rosnau


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Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 13, 2017 - 08:59am PT
Credit: TYeary

Come join the Caltech Alpine Club and the American Alpine Club (Southwest Section) for an evening with Dean Rosnau. Dean will present a program focused around his new book, The Shortest Straw: Search and Rescue in the High Sierra.

November 15th at 7pm
California Institute of Technology
Beckman Auditorium
332 S Michigan Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Pizza and beer after the show!

Roy McClenahan, Expert Rock Climber & Mountain Guide says of Dean and his book:

"The Shortest Straw begins with playful and insightful Tom Sawyer-style early chapters, which could have been taken straight from the pages of Boy’s Life. The stage for adventure is set in Dean Rosnau’s rambunctious youth, and the reader is soon launched headlong into a bracing string of first-hand narratives, detailing the risk and challenge of high-mountain search and rescue operations, known as SAR.

In this exhilarating report from the heights of the eastern Sierra Nevada, Dean Rosnau exposes a pathway to life-saving decision, gripping rescue action and volatile emotional challenge, all emerging as part of the daily routine of high-mountain search and rescue: a routine like no other.

Rosnau's faith is as natural as the air he breathes, the water he drinks, and the ground upon which he walks. And that ground is some of the most rugged terrain in the world. The Shortest Straw is a must read, eye-opening account for all who dream of high mountain ranges, and for all who have been there.”

If you are unable to make the event, you can buy Dean's book here:

Occupied Territory
Nov 13, 2017 - 07:23pm PT
Great read! Dean lives a few miles from me but all his events have been hours away...unless I missed one closer.

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
Nov 13, 2017 - 10:43pm PT
I would be there if I could.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Nov 15, 2017 - 07:39am PT
I'm down! Free beer? Hell yeah.

Trad climber
Nov 15, 2017 - 02:12pm PT
Good job Cragman!

Trad climber
Westminster, CA
Nov 16, 2017 - 11:07am PT
Dean, Tony, Spider.... Tracy and I enjoyed to talk and chatting/meeting up with you all after the show. Good times.... Looking forward to more!


Mike Esparza

Trad climber
Mammoth and SLO.....Life is Good!!!
Nov 21, 2017 - 12:53pm PT
Thanks, Tony, for posting this up. It was an enjoyable event! Thanks for getting the AAC involved with the beer and pizza!

Spider, great to finally meet you! Hope you enjoy the read!

Mike and Tracy, thanks for was nice to meet you two as well! Hope we can reconnect soon. I'll be speaking in Manhattan Beach in still needs to be nailed down. Will be posted on my website next week.

Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Dec 10, 2017 - 08:47pm PT
Dean will be in Burbank tomorrow nite, and I'll be there!

The Shortest Straw: Search and Rescue in the High Sierra

Thursday, 1/11/2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Burbank REI

Trad climber
Mammoth and SLO.....Life is Good!!!
Dec 11, 2017 - 09:34am PT
Ken'll be the only one there....check the date.

: )


Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Dec 11, 2017 - 09:50am PT
Cragman...I think he was just seeing if you were paying attention...?

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 13, 2018 - 06:13am PT
Dean. I just put your book in the cart but could not figure out how to go through checkout???
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