About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

Why mountain adventure?

Kevin Grove



Kevin Grove has worked for Bend Research, Therapeutic Associates, Metolius, MBSEF, and The Source Weekly and currently is a professor of science and engineering at COCC. He is on the board of Central Oregon Avalanche Association and The Environmental Center. He is an adventurer by heart and loves spending time in the mountains running, climbing, and skiing.

I often wonder why I do the things I do. Why did I have a strong desire to climb 10 peaks in the Tetons in one day? Why do I get so stoked when I ski the summits of bachelor, broken top, and the three sisters in one day in the winter and run the same circuit in the summer? What motivates me and what keeps me going back time and time again to the mountains? Is it achieving a flow state where time passes seamlessly? Is it for the pure love of nature and all things wild? Do I get a sense of accomplishment from setting and achieving far reaching goals? Am I fueling my ego? Is this quality time spent connecting with friends? My talk will explore and probe the question in my mind and yours of why we do the things we do.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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Media Partner

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