Sarah Uhl is an entirely self-taught mountain artist of “whimsical and playful” commercial and fine-art illustrations. Though Pennsylvania-born, she moved to Colorado Springs in 2007 to cycle at the Olympic Training Center. After ten years as a pro-cyclist, she worked at New Belgium Brewery, and then finally, moved to Carbondale, CO, where she now lives. Her newest “Story Map” project tells stories through pictures for towns, organizations and businesses. Like mini-research projects, “There’s more depth to them than just being something pretty,” she said. The maps “piggyback onto a cause,” helping people appreciate nature, or protect plants and wildlife. Outdoor Research recently commissioned her to create a map of the ., featured at their Outdoor Retailer 2016 summer trade show booth. For the past three years, Uhl also worked as event director for the adventure film festival 5Point, but now pursues art full-time, which she says has given her the “freedom to be able to follow those things inside of me that I feel like I can’t not do.”
Who is your climbing hero and why?
Keiko Tanaka- because as a mentor and friend she has shown me that if you apply yourself seriously, you can continuously heighten your climbing limits in a safe and smart way. She has helped me take ego out of a sport that as a minority member in this community can be difficult at times to grapple with and helped me to focus on what I want to accomplish and nothing else. Above all, she inspires and pushes me to succeed with support and carefully thought out instruction in the many facets of climbing that she excels at.
Mr. Allen was President and General Manager of Southwest Oil Company for over 40 years. Upon retirement from that organization, he served as promoter of Lonesome Pine Raceway, and he, along with Ken Crowder and his son, Mike, has hosted Pigskin Picks, a popular weekly radio sports show, for the last 17 years. Mr. Allen has also served South-West Insurance Company in a public relations capacity for over 20 years. He was the public address announcer for Powell Valley football for four decades. He has been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and has served on various church committees.