New Hall class fills a wide spec­trum

San Francisco Chronicle - - OUTDOORS - TOM STIENSTRA Tom Stienstra is The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle’s outdoors writer. Email: tstien­stra@sfchron­i­cle.com Twitter: @Stien­straTom

Paige Pearce-Gore, a 22year-old world cham­pion archer from Red Bluff who teaches out­door skills to youngsters, is the first per­son to be in­ducted into the Cal­i­for­nia Outdoors Hall of Fame in the new Movers, Shak­ers cat­e­gory.

The cat­e­gory at­tracted en­trants un­der age 30 from across the state. Pearce-Gore not only dom­i­nated the cat­e­gory, but also won the most votes from the Cir­cle of Chiefs from those al­ready in­ducted into the Outdoors Hall of Fame.

Paul Bon­der­son Jr. of Sunol, the pres­i­dent of Ducks Un­lim­ited and a renowned con­ser­va­tion­ist and sup­porter of youth out­door ed­u­ca­tion, and Stock­ton’s Jay Sorensen, who has spent more than 10,000 days on the San Joaquin Delta and was the founder of the Cal­i­for­nia Striped Bass As­so­ci­a­tion, also won in­duc­tion.

Royal Rob­bins of Modesto, a noted rock climber who passed away in March, was a pi­o­neer who made many first as­cents on the big walls of Yosemite Val­ley. He put the ethics of climb­ing prac­tices up for world de­bate by climb­ing with­out fix­ing bolts or pitons in the rocks.

Pearce-Gore, Bon­der­son, Sorensen and Rob­bins will be in­ducted at 3:30 p.m. Satur­day at the Ad­ven­ture The­ater at Sacra­mento In­ter­na­tional Sports­mens Ex­po­si­tion, which starts a four-day run Thurs­day at Cal Expo.

Any­body can nom­i­nate a can­di­date for the Hall of Fame. The award is based on a vote of past win­ners and lead­ers in the out­door in­dus­try, me­dia and gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to guide­lines set on www.co­hof.org, all can­di­dates must fill two re­quire­ments:

The nom­i­nees have in­spired thou­sands of Cal­i­for­ni­ans to take part in the great outdoors and/or con­ser­va­tion;

The nom­i­nees must have taken part in a para­mount scope of ad­ven­tures. Here are this year’s in­ductees:

Paige Pearce-Gore (Red Bluff):

A world-renowned com­pet­i­tive archer, PearceGore is a youth outdoors in­struc­tor who has net­worked with the Con­gres­sional Sports­men’s Foun­da­tion. She won her first in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Tur­key at age 13, and now, at 22, holds state, na­tional and world ti­tles. Pearce-Gore has recorded the high­est score marked by a woman in the his­tory of the sport. She won the Western Clas­sic, the largest out­door 3D tar­get com­pe­ti­tion in the world, last year for the fifth time over­all and fourth in a row. Us­ing archery to travel the world, she has ven­tured to China, Colom­bia, Tur­key, Ger­many, France and El Sal­vador.

She has par­layed her suc­cess, poise and abil­ity to con­nect to oth­ers to be­come the lead in­struc­tor at the Kids Out­door Sports Camp, which runs in four ses­sions in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. In turn, that in­spired an in­vi­ta­tion from the Con­gres­sional Sports­men’s Foun­da­tion this past fall to its an­nual event in Washington.

Paul Bon­der­son Jr. (Sunol):

The first (vol­un­teer) pres­i­dent of Ducks Un­lim­ited from Cal­i­for­nia in 35 years, Bon­der­son is fin­ish­ing his term as chair­man of the board. As pres­i­dent of DU, he formed a link with Audubon to pro­tect wet­lands habi­tat and started an ef­fort to raise $2 bil­lion to buy and pro­tect breed­ing grounds in the North­ern Hemi­sphere. Bon­der­son has ap­plied his goals to his own prop­er­ties. At his 2,500-acre ranch in the Butte Sink near Co­lusa, for in­stance, Bon­der­son and his sons con­verted 1,500 acres from rice fields to wet­lands, and put up 500 wood duck boxes. Bon­der­son has hosted and fi­nanced youth groups to take part in wildlife cour­ses at his ranch, in­clud­ing for an­ti­hunt­ing ve­g­ans. Bon­der­son bridged the gap be­tween duck hun­ters, in­clud­ing those from the Cal­i­for­nia Wa­ter­fowl As­so­ci­a­tion, and na­ture lovers by act­ing to pro­tect wet­lands habi­tat that pro­vides homes for more than 200 species of birds and dozens of species of wildlife.

Bon­der­son has trav­eled and hunted across the hemi­sphere and be­yond, al­ways pro­ject­ing the high­est sense of ethics, sports­man­ship and skill. His big­gest ac­com­plish­ment may have been bridg­ing the gap be­tween duck hun­ters and phi­lan­thropists and cor­po­ra­tions to gain grass-roots sup­port with lo­cal Audubon chap­ters across Amer­ica. He also de­vel­oped re­la­tion­ships with the di­rec­tors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice, In­te­rior and Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife to sup­port wa­ter­fowl habi­tat con­ser­va­tion and help in­crease wa­ter­fowl num­bers across the fly­ways.

Jay Sorensen (Stock­ton):

As some­one who has spent more than 10,000 days on the San Joaquin Delta, he is the rare in­ductee whose trav­els do not ex­tend to dis­tance reaches. He is a cham­pion for Delta wa­ter, en­vi­ron­men­tal health and fish­ery pop­u­la­tions. He founded the Cal­i­for­nia Striped Bass As­so­ci­a­tion, which es­tab­lished chap­ters through­out the Delta and San Joaquin Val­ley and pushed leg­is­la­tion to fund and re­store striped bass. Sorensen served as pres­i­dent of the state board for seven years and Stock­ton chap­ter pres­i­dent for 12, and is an Honorary Life Mem­ber. He is an ac­tive mem­ber of the West Delta Chap­ter in An­ti­och and sup­ports this chap­ter’s em­pha­sis on the catch and re­lease of striped bass. In 2015, he re­ceived the Hal Schell Award from the Bay & Delta Yachts­man Magazine.

Sorensen is fre­quently aboard his boat in the Delta, as he has been for 50 years, of­ten fish­ing for striped bass. He is a con­sid­ered a master at an­chor­ing and us­ing bait, match tides, cur­rents and mi­gra­tory routes to lo­cate fish, and has al­ways been will­ing to share his knowl­edge with any­body. As a guide, he took thou­sands fish­ing and in­tro­duced them to his love of the Delta.

Royal Rob­bins (Modesto):

Rob­bins, who died in March at age 82, was one of the pi­o­neers of Amer­i­can rock climb­ing. In one of his books, Rob­bins wrote about what drives all climbers: “a first as­cent is a cre­ation in the same sense as is a paint­ing or a song,” and that choos­ing a climb­ing line may well be “an act of bril­liant cre­ativ­ity.”

In 1978, Rob­bins de­vel­oped se­vere arthri­tis that pre­vented him from climb­ing big walls. He took up wilder­ness kayak­ing and com­pleted sev­eral first de­scents. With sev­eral part­ners, Rob­bins cov­ered 32 miles with a 5,000-foot de­scent on the San Joaquin River from Devil’s Post­pile Na­tional Mon­u­ment to Mam­moth Pool Reser­voir. An­other time, he car­ried his kayak over Mount Whit­ney Pass and tra­versed 55 miles through the Kern River Trench. Other land­mark trips in­cluded Yosemite Na­tional Park, where he pad­dled the Tuolumne River from Tuolumne Mead­ows to Hetch Hetchy Reser­voir.

Courtesy Royal Rob­bins

Big-wall climb­ing pi­o­neer Royal Rob­bins re­laxes on the face of El Cap­i­tan in Yosemite.

Courtesy David Hur­ley

This year’s Cal­i­for­nia Outdoors Hall of Fame class in­cludes (from left) archer Paige Pearce-Gore, Ducks Un­lim­ited pres­i­dent Paul Bon­der­son Jr. and Delta fish­er­man Jay Sorensen.

Courtesy Ducks Un­lim­ited

Courtesy Paige Pearce-Gore

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