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BooDawg

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 22, 2010 - 06:47am PT
In the late, 90’s the NPS and the concessionaire planned to develop the “Sunnyside Campground” area into an expanded Yosemite Lodge. Tom Frost was instrumental in spearheading the efforts of many people to protect the climbers’ camp by placing it on the National Historic Register and putting pressure on the NPS to do another planning effort. This resulted in the protection of the climbers’ campground and returning to it its traditional name, Camp 4.

Coincidently, my niece got married in the Bay Area the weekend before this Reunion, so I came from Hawaii for both events and drove with Guido from Santa Cruz to the Valley. The photo session took place in the afternoon in Camp 4.

Camp 4 Dedication, Yosemite 9/25/99-Photo Session
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye-82DUbtHo&feature=related

Climbers from 50's & 60's: Back Row, L -&gt; R: Donini, Denny, Cooper ...
Climbers from 50's & 60's: Back Row, L -> R: Donini, Denny, Cooper (black hat), Jones (white hair), Price, Roper (forehead & black hair), Frost, Boche. Middle Row: Hechtel, Herbert, Pratt, Rowell, Steck. Front Row: Who?, Lauria, McKeown, Harding.
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Joe McKeown.
Joe McKeown.
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Joe McKeown
Joe McKeown
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Glen Denny.
Glen Denny.
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Eric Beck.
Eric Beck.
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Don Lauria.
Don Lauria.
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Chuck Pratt, Royal Robbins, Jeff Foott.
Chuck Pratt, Royal Robbins, Jeff Foott.
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Ed Cooper & Chris Jones.
Ed Cooper & Chris Jones.
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Galen Rowell.
Galen Rowell.
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Liz Robbins.
Liz Robbins.
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Royal Robbins.
Royal Robbins.
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Steve Roper.
Steve Roper.
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TM Herbert.
TM Herbert.
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Tom Frost.
Tom Frost.
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Warren Harding.
Warren Harding.
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Yvon Chouinard.
Yvon Chouinard.
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TM Herbert, Steve Roper, Don Lauria.
TM Herbert, Steve Roper, Don Lauria.
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Rick Sylvester.
Rick Sylvester.
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RD Caughron.
RD Caughron.
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Chris Jones.
Chris Jones.
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There were many more group and individual photos taken that afternoon, but these were the pictures that came out the best of those that I took.

The evening program took place that evening in the Lower River Amphitheater.

Camp 4 Dedication, Yosemite 9/25/99-Part 1:
Introduction of the dignitaries and people involved.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUpuW1qUPBQ&feature=related


Camp 4 Dedication, Yosemite 9/25/99-Part 2:
Jerry Anderson’s gift of the Camp 4 sign replica to the NPS &
Tom Frost’s account of what happened to preserve C4 and why.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLkVC7ne8h0&feature=related


Camp 4 Dedication, Yosemite 9/25/99-Part 3:
Dignitaries Speak. TM Herbert’s Reunion with Tom Frost.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxReR6rE3fc&feature=related


Camp 4 Steck, Robbins, Chouinard.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk0G77VWxiQ

Audience toward stage.
Audience toward stage.
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Audience from stage.
Audience from stage.
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Tom Frost tells his story.
Tom Frost tells his story.
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Allen Steck.
Allen Steck.
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Doug Robinson.
Doug Robinson.
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Tom Frost.
Tom Frost.
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Warren Harding.
Warren Harding.
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Royal Robbins.
Royal Robbins.
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Yvon Chouinard.
Yvon Chouinard.
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David Brower, early pioneer, late arrival to the party.
David Brower, early pioneer, late arrival to the party.
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As the gathering was breaking up and Guido and I walked back to the car, I heard one climber tell his friend, "We should do this every year." Now it seems as tho his wish has come true.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 22, 2010 - 08:50am PT
Gee Ken, incredibly good photos! I think you can leave your day job now! I am sure many of us here will be grateful to see them and enjoy how good they are, how much you have been able to capture not only of that historic day but of the overall goodness---optimism--- of our group. What a stunning pile of humanity. Just look at all these characters, some about to leave us, all still "going for it" and so thrilled to be together! Still remembering , many still holding the torch.
hooblie

climber
from where the anecdotes roam
Oct 22, 2010 - 08:54am PT
much respect, and many thanks. like time in a bottle.

i marvel at the power of just a handfull with vision,
including the ones that shined the light
so the government could see
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Oct 22, 2010 - 10:09am PT
Thanks for sharing that. Climbed with 4 of those guys, way back then. I did climb with Donini last week in Indian Creek. He's still cranking at 76. The photo's are classic!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 22, 2010 - 10:12am PT
Jesus Christ Steve! I'm 67 not 76.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Oct 22, 2010 - 10:15am PT
The greatest collection of old farts in the history of Yosemite!

Great stuff Boo!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 22, 2010 - 12:38pm PT
Thanks, Ken - very nice!

The thread on the official plaque-placing ceremony, making Camp 4 a national historic thingie, is at:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/260593/Camp-4-Tribute

The thread on the "Nose - 50th Anniversary" event is at:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/642195/Nose-Reunion-November-8-2008
matty

Trad climber
los arbor
Oct 22, 2010 - 12:39pm PT
Thanks Boo, I always enjoy your posts,from early days at stoney to the buttermilks to C4. Pleasure to read/view.

Matt
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 22, 2010 - 01:23pm PT
An earlier thread on this, with lots of photos and discussion.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/434711/Historical-pictures
BooDawg

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 22, 2010 - 01:50pm PT
Thanks, everyone for your kind words. Thanks also for links to other related threads. I KNEW there had to be another thread on here devoted to that event, but after searching the Forum under several different key words, I came up with zip, so here this is.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Oct 22, 2010 - 02:23pm PT
love a good recap!


it's funny that I find that the fact that I'm not at all the climbing gatherings, entirely consistent with being a climber, moreover that the climbing brethren understands this principal implicitly. Yet it doesn't mean we don't like going to a good party. :)
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Oct 22, 2010 - 02:41pm PT
Thank you for this thread!

A lot of us needed to see something positive for a change.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 22, 2010 - 03:08pm PT
Best thread in a L O N G time!

For some reason that pic of Robbins chatting with Pratt almost makes me cry. Those guys were effin bold and the memories they shared would last countless lifetimes. Man I wish I could have been at this meet and I REALLY wish I could have climbed with Pratt...

Of course I would have cowered under his leads.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 22, 2010 - 03:34pm PT
Boopooch, Supertopo was begun that same year. Rec.climbing was still the happen' chick on that event.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 22, 2010 - 03:47pm PT
Ken,

The best guess on "Who?" in your first photo from the end of the 2007 "historical photos" thread was Mike Sherrick.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Oct 22, 2010 - 03:52pm PT
Thanks for posting this. Really great stuff.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Oct 22, 2010 - 04:37pm PT
A Pantheon.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Oct 22, 2010 - 05:19pm PT
Ken, it was so awesome to meet you and Guido this summer. What talented, gifted and hilarious guys you are.

The attorney that Frost hired to fight for Camp 4 stayed at Tioga Pass Resort this summer. Great stories he had to tell as well.

Super Grate Thread ! Thanks !


Oh and Donini, it was equally fun talking with you in Salt Lake this summer. Trust me dude, you don't look 67 much less 76 :DD

Cheers, lynnie

BooDawg

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 22, 2010 - 05:41pm PT
Clint: I don't think that was Mike Sherrick, and I don't think he attended that gathering. I would have recognized him there and gotten an individual portrait of him as I did many others whom I know while we were just hanging out around Columbia Boulder. The same guy shows up in one of the videos to which I posted links up-thread, but I don't think his name came up on it. He's a fairly short guy... Maybe when Guido sees the pic, he'll know... Or maybe it's over on the Historical Photos thread.

I'm gonna go throught the Historical Photos thread to which Anders posted a link and see if he's named there, and in the first 60 postings there that I've read so far, there are some questions to which I have answers tho perhaps someone else has answered them down-thread from there.
Gene

Social climber
Oct 22, 2010 - 06:19pm PT
BooDawg,

Thanks so very much for your photos. This is great stuff!

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