Saturday Keynote Program
Title: Yosemite: A 2,650 Foot Rappelling Adventure
Presenters: Rebecca (Becca) Holmes and Tiffany (Piff) Puff
Saturday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Fields Room in Lodge
Presentation Description: Yosemite National Park in California is home to the famous granite monolith- El Capitan. Each year hundreds of climbers and thrill seekers, come to El Cap to challenge themselves on the 3,000-foot wall. This past July, a team of 31 cavers met in Yosemite to rappel and climb El Capitan. Join Becca and Piff on their two-week long excursion at Yosemite.
Learn about the history of Yosemite National Park, the process behind preparing for this journey, the necessary gear, and other survival considerations. See what it’s like to camp at 7,569 feet above sea level, as well as the ins-and-outs of daily activities conducted to manage an expedition. Join the girls as they back over the edge of El Capitan and rappel The Dawn Wall. The presentation will also cover water, cooking, leave no trace procedures and other conservation protocols used to conserve this national park for years to come.
About Becca and Piff:
Rebecca (Becca) Holmes and Tiffany (Piff) Puff are cavers first, and best friends second. From joining Wittenberg University Speleological Society in 2012 to rappelling El Capitan in 2019, their stories are intertwined at every step. The two were active members of WUSS for 4 years, taking on leadership positions between 2013 and 2016. Together the two have rappelled at Whiteside Mountain (NC), The New River Gorge Bridge (WV), Ellison's Cave (GA), countless skyscrapers, and many TAG caves. This past summer, Becca and Piff joined 29 other cavers who headed west to Yosemite National Park in California. Over the course of 5 days, the team managed 47 rappels and 20 climbs of Yosemite’s El Capitan.
Currently, Becca lives in Columbus, OH where she is a member of Central Ohio Grotto; and Piff lives in Louisville, KY where she is a member of Louisville Grotto. However, they will always remember where they came from, and remain WUSSes through and through.