Charlie Fowler Speaks! Lost interview from 1986

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crunch

Social climber
CO
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 27, 2010 - 06:32pm PT
Eric Bjornstad interviewed Charlie Fowler right after the first ascent of Zenyatta Entrada.

Eric sent me a copy of this interview after Charlie died, hoping that maybe it could get published, or somehow made available to a wider audience.

So here it is. Enjoy.

ps. <<Click on each page for a larger view, with easy-to-read text>>














goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland
Aug 27, 2010 - 07:00pm PT
Thanks for sharing that.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 27, 2010 - 08:32pm PT

Wow! What a post! Thanks for sharing!!!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 27, 2010 - 09:37pm PT
thanks crunch for sharing that interview with us, that was a great read
telemon01

Trad climber
Montana
Aug 27, 2010 - 09:59pm PT

Very nice, thanks for the post.
murcy

climber
sanfrancisco
Aug 27, 2010 - 10:01pm PT
Great interview.
jstan

climber
Aug 27, 2010 - 10:08pm PT
I think I have commented on Charlie at least once before, so I apologize for the repetition, But he more than merits the attention.

Wherever you go you find these great youngsters who love something totally. I am not sure it is the climbing they love so much as it is the just being alive. Climbing is certainly one of the many things you can't do when dead.

It always helps to be this interested in at least two things. That way at least one thing in your life is always "working" and you always have options. I can't say this was a problem for Charlie. It probably was not. My wondering is only a reflection of the need for us to do all we can to keep both people and their dreams alive as long as possible.

We miss Charlie.

crunch

Social climber
CO
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 28, 2010 - 03:27pm PT
Thanks for the nice comments.

Credit should go to Eric Bjornstad, who recognized the talent and originality and did this interview, but never was able to get it published or printed anywhere.

Here's a photo of a dapper Charlie, on the first ascent of Zenyatta Entrada, taken by Eric Bjornstad


Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 28, 2010 - 03:30pm PT
Outstanding find, Steve!

Charlie is well worth paying attention to...
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 5, 2010 - 11:53pm PT

Another bump for Charlie.

Yes, you are missed, Charlie.
crunch

Social climber
CO
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 17, 2014 - 10:34pm PT
Another bump for Charlie.

Yes, you are missed, Charlie.

Both gone, now. RIP Charlie, RIP Eric.
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Dec 17, 2014 - 11:39pm PT
Many thanks for posting that.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Dec 18, 2014 - 04:57am PT
I missed this interview first time around.

Thanks so much for a great read; especially since I learned a lot more about Charlie.
Back in 1975, my wife and I were on a long road trip, having just been married. I met Charlie at the Teton climbers ranch, and managed to convince him and Mike Munger to meet up with us in the Wind Rivers.
I raved to Charlie about a great line, waiting for a 1st ascent. We ended up doing the Golden Dihedral route, on Ambush Peak, and I was quite impressed
with the young Charlie Fowler. The route goes up the right hand skyline.
couchmaster

climber
Dec 18, 2014 - 06:10am PT

Great thread, I too missed the story first go round so thanks for the bump Crunch.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 18, 2014 - 09:32am PT
Nice! It should have been published. Very eloquent.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 18, 2014 - 10:01am PT
Fantastic!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Dec 18, 2014 - 10:31am PT
keep it at the top
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 18, 2014 - 11:00am PT
I missed this one too. Fascinating.
I miss climbing in the desert with Charlie, and I wish I'd known Eric better.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 28, 2017 - 07:07pm PT
Bump for Travels with Charlie...
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Apr 28, 2017 - 09:23pm PT
What a great interview! Thanks for sharing this Crusher . . . Charlie never talked about his past accomplishments, so it is refreshing to see him open up here. Charlie deserves a lot of respect for living in the moment, no ego, no pretense, just a genuine person with an incredible alpine pedigree. He set a great example of what it means to be fully human.
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