It is a pleasure for me to share my experiences and love for the Greater Yellowstone region. Shows are available for private parties, public events, and both small and large audiences. I happily present at benefits. Shows are thoughtful, serious, funny, broad-minded, tasteful, and well-researched.
Presentation subjects focus on the Greater Yellowstone region, and include landscapes, mountaineering, ski/snowboard mountaineering, backcountry skiing/snowboarding, pack-rafting, mountaineering history, geology, wildlife, archaeology, and conservation issues. Subjects are usually presented in the context of my own experiences, but may be discussed in a more general manner as well. I like to include plugs for my books, which I typically sign and sell after a show.
Media types include still images, audio, and video. Videos feature action from various personal adventures, as well as animated flights through computer-generated terrain to show routes (please see Creative Mapping). Commission me to create a custom slide show, or choose from one of the shows below that are currently available.
Running Wild: Mountaineering Adventure in Greater Yellowstone
In this 90-minute presentation, author Thomas Turiano takes you on a mountaineering tour of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, describing his adventures climbing, pack-rafting, ski mountaineering, and exploring in each of the region's 13 major mountain ranges. Animated with several virtual terrain fly-throughs, Turiano shares his unique perspective on wilderness along with thoughtful accounts of mountaineering history, camaraderie, hardship, glory, harrowing escapes, and close wildlife encounters.
Adventures on the Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone
During this 90-minute presentation, I describe some of my favorite climbs and adventures on the Select Peaks with still images and animations of flying through virtual terrain. The animations have really wowed audiences. The show features ascents and ski descents of the Grand Teton, Gannett Peak, Washakie Needles, Granite Peak, and dozens of others. Also, there are accounts of cross-range treks, tidbits about geology, encounters with grizzly bears, and anecdotes of mountaineering in the 1800s.
Running Wild: Adventures in Northwest Wyoming's Wilderness
This 90-minute presentation debuted in fall of 2005 for a tour of five Wyoming cities sponsored by the Wyoming Wilderness Association. The show opens with a warm display of the value of wilderness, followed by threats to these values imposed by man. I then talk about how I came to love wilderness and adventure since I was a child through the publication of my two books. Illustrated with several animated terrain flights, the bulk of the show is devoted to reflections and adventures on mountains and rivers throughout Greater Yellowstone.
Summit Fervor: Adventures and Exploration in Greater Yellowstone's Mountains
I gave this 90-minute presentation on February 16, 2006 to a crowd at the Wort Hotel in Jackson, Wyoming as part of the Jackson Hole Historical Society's winter speaker series on mountaineering. This show features a dozen or more of my most memorable adventures on the mountains and rivers of Greater Yellowstone, emphasizing the process and value of pioneering new ascents and treading in the footsteps of the pioneers.
Seven Summits of the Tetons
This 45-minute presentation features the seven great summits of the Teton Range: Buck Mountain, South Teton, Middle Teton, Grand Teton, Mount Owen, Teewinot Mountain, and Mount Moran. For each peak, I show still images from several perspectives, discuss mountaineering and skiing history, and then talk about my own experiences on the peak. The show concludes by showing viewers how they can go with a mountain guide and learn the techniques necessary to climb and/or ski the Teton seven summits.
An Intro to the Wyoming Range
Originally presented as an introduction for lynx biologist Nate Berg, this 20-minute slide show provides a superb overview of one of Wyoming's most scenic mountain ranges. Shaded relief maps show the three main sections of the Wyoming Range as well as its primary drainages. Then, take in the range all at once on a virtual flight along its crest. The show concludes by illustrating the finer points of the region's topography and geology, as well as hiking and backcountry skiing. I could easily add discussions on current and historic environmental issues.
Originally presented for middle-schoolers from Journeys School of Teton Science Schoools, this show explains how thinking about archaeology and past cultures enhances my adventuring in the mountains of Greater Yellowstone. I give a brief history of man and his implements in Greater Yellowstone, and then go on to describe adventurous mountain trips that had an exciting archaeological component, such as theorizing about Native American survival skills, locations of sheep traps, and finding artifacts and structures.