Remembering Rob Slater


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Ultra Fool

Mountain climber
Cheyenne, Wy
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 12, 2011 - 12:18pm PT
Some of you may remember Rob Slater, who died descending from the summit of K2 in 1995. Rob also did the first ascent of the Wyoming Sheep Ranch and first solo of the Pacific Ocean Wall in Yosemite. Rob was also the first person to climb all of the Fisher Towers. I am Rob's twin brother Rich and I have written a book about Rob called "Honed: Rob Slater, Summit of Death, Either way I win." Info can be found at

Trad climber
Dec 12, 2011 - 12:23pm PT
I last saw Rob halfway up the regular route on Half Dome. He and Greg Child were blasting up it and passed through our bivy as we were packing the haulbag. Talked for awhile and then they went on up. He went to K2 a few months later.
Fish Finder

Social climber
Dec 12, 2011 - 01:09pm PT

Sorry for the loss of your brother.

His spirit lives on through you!

Good luck with the book !

Social climber
Dec 12, 2011 - 01:27pm PT

Social climber
Dec 12, 2011 - 01:27pm PT
Thanks! Rob was something of a force of nature, amazingly driven.

Here's a link:


Westminster Colorado
Dec 12, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
Shared a rap with him at the base of the naked edge once. They had a rope and we had a rope and that took us to the ground. He did not say much but that says a lot about a man.

Mountain climber
Clackamas, Oregon
Dec 12, 2011 - 02:27pm PT
Rob was climber to his core. When he talked about climbing, he had a look in his eye I still remember. Rest in peace.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 12, 2011 - 04:30pm PT
Force of nature is right! I met Rob in Vedauwoo early on. He was the most enthusiastic, animated climbers I ever met. Ran into him often in the valley, before getting out of touch.

Dec 12, 2011 - 04:32pm PT
Rob was a good friend, and always super psyched. I saw him here in Boulder a few days before he left for K2. I miss his smile, his psych, his motivation and his friendship.

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Dec 12, 2011 - 04:46pm PT
A great man. Worthy of a book.

Big Wall climber
Yosemite, CA
Dec 12, 2011 - 05:27pm PT
Quote from the book:

El Capitan is horrendous. Itís hideous and heinous. Itís a horrifically terrifying cliff.

Lost me at that one. Was checking it to consider adding to our guest bookshelf. But, don't want any of my loved ones or my vacation rental guests thinking that about El Cap!!

How about and more like:

El Cap is beautiful, wonderful and magical. Its an incredibly inspiring cliff.

She demands and you rise to the occasion if you can. Its a transforming and amazing space, like the Shield Headwall... "steep, clean and outrageously exposed, The Shield headwall may be the most spectacular place on El Capitan" (Chris Mac, Big Walls book).

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 12, 2011 - 05:37pm PT
Quite the man.......quite the man. Respected, even revered, by all who knew him.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Dec 12, 2011 - 05:55pm PT
seems kind of lame to 'write' off a whole book based on one quote Holly , and kind of weird that you feel the need to control what your guests may or may not read .

I want to get the book and make my conclusions when I've read the whole thing
Ultra Fool

Mountain climber
Cheyenne, Wy
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2011 - 06:43pm PT
Rob loved Yosemite and El Cap. Coming from Rob, horrendous, heinous and weinous-way heinous-were compliments.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 12, 2011 - 06:50pm PT
Hi Rich,

I never met your brother Rob, but wish I had. I climbed the Ranch recently and found it to be an excellent and still Pretty Darn Hard route!

Dec 12, 2011 - 10:14pm PT
Met Rob at the base of El Cap in the mid 80's just before he and Barbella finished the Sheep Ranch. He had as much good energy and charisma of anyone I ever met. I was blown away to hear about Robs death on K2, he was a special dude. I have the sheep that Rob left up on the Sheep Ranch and cherish it very much.
Ultra Fool

Mountain climber
Cheyenne, Wy
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2011 - 10:23am PT
Thank you all for the kind words. I'm sure Rob is grinning down at us as we remember...

An Oil Field
Dec 13, 2011 - 12:09pm PT
I got to know Robbie on my first trip to the valley. He had a great sense of humor and seemed always happy.

I can still do a hands down perfect imitation of him talking....


Trad climber
80' from the Hankster
Dec 13, 2011 - 03:20pm PT
Rob was a friend of mine; we climbed a few desert towers together and cragged in Eldo a few times. Very motivated guy who was a natural at climbing and got a kick out of the somewhat friendly competition/slander in the Yosemite world. He was one of my first friends to die...really bummed me out.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 13, 2011 - 03:26pm PT
Rob was one of the most inspirational climbers ever. Always friendly, always jazzed for the next adventure, completely badass as a bold climber and always having fun.
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