Good Times with Randy Vogel on ClimbTalkRadio !!!


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Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 14, 2015 - 01:08pm PT
And I mean good times!
FYI: Randy's Supertopo handle is "looking sketchy there ..."

Listen to the archived radio interview here:

Tales of hijinks and antics pepper this live interview I witnessed hilarity and merriment back in the day and I've heard the stories retold over the years.
And just last night, listening to Randy on live radio my wife and I were rolling on the floor with heart jiggling giggles.

And this:
In 1973, as a young climber Randy Vogel witnessed the Stonemasters making the FFA of The Vampire at Taquitz Rock. In just a few short years he would catch that first ascent fever and become a stand-out Joshua Tree new route activist.

In the mid-1970s Randy Vogel started producing rock climbing guidebooks. Since then Randy has authored close to 25 of these. Through this body of work he has documented celebrated climbing areas such as Joshua Tree and Tahquitz /Suicide, along with the Bishop area. As well, he has covered more offbeat destinations such as Valle Azteca, Baja, and Orange County.

In the mid-1970s Randy frequently partnered with Dave Evans, Craig Fry, Spencer Lennard and Matt Cox. Throughout the rest of the 1970s and into the 80s, during the cold winter months, Vogel and his cadre maintained their commitment to the adventure of the first ascent. Together they established celebrated Joshua Tree classics such as Swept Away, Figures on a Landscape, and The Last Unicorn.

In 1991, the trio of Rick Accomazzo, Armando Menocal, and Randy Vogel started the Access Fund.

Randy is still actively producing first ascents.

photo Dave Vaughan

Vintage 1982 Randy Vogel Joshua Tree guide:

What's he doing signing that Stonemaster poster???
(2011 benefit for Yosemite guide Doug Nidever)

"Dale" Evans, Randy Vogel, Darrell Hensel, 2006:

Steve West, Randy Vogel, Dave Wonderly, 2009:

photo Ron Gomez

Bob Gaines, Kevin Powell, Tarbuster, Randy Vogel, 2009:

photo Ron Gomez
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 14, 2015 - 03:44pm PT
A good listen ...thank you,

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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2015 - 06:31pm PT


Feb 24, 2015 - 08:08pm PT
Bump for Randy, the real Mccoy for sure.

Dude is that the same hat in all those photos!

Maybe folks can rally for a benefit at Todd's to get RV a new cap?
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Feb 24, 2015 - 08:10pm PT
Dito .,.,. May add more. . . ?bump for sure!

Trad climber
Mental Physics........
Mar 27, 2015 - 08:13pm PT
Besides being an talented climber, cyclist and guidebook writer, Randy is also a cool guy and great friend.

Hope I am as strong as RV when I turn 60. He certainly still onsights 5.12's.....when he feels like it.

Besides sharing many amazing climbing (and metaphysical) experiences, RV and I have a bit of psychic connection cuz he used to commonly picked me up hitchhiking (at least three times) in OC while we were both in high school, then afterwards, we randomly met in the middle of nowhere, without knowing it slept 100 feet apart in the desert on hwy 395 and shared a hitchhiking ride home to OC. Not your everyday travel (or climbing) partner.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Mar 27, 2015 - 08:28pm PT
Randy Vogel, what can I say.....knew him as a young'un when Dan introduced me to the climbing community.

A vivid memory that has always remained with me is when we were all in the Valley of Wow and it was time to go home for the Leichtfuss Family (including our 4 little kiddos). Randy needed to get back to So Cal too. Maria managed to talk RV into driving back with us. Never forget the look on Vogels face as Maria (big laughing smile on her face) slammed the van door shut and RV was trapped for hours with our kids that loved him and loved to torture him.

Great friends and wonderful memories. lynnie

Greyrock, CO
Mar 27, 2015 - 08:54pm PT
Ooh! Me streamy now

Mountain climber
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:50am PT
This is Supertopo GOLD!!!

Nov 13, 2018 - 08:47pm PT
Nice, TarB TFPU. 👍🏼 Haha, AJ.

To one of the keepers of the flame on rock and dirt; a humble, talented and impressively
prolific gent. Cheers from both of us, Randy.

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2018 - 06:55am PT
I produced four of these for Mike Brooks of Climb Talk Radio, who performed the actual interviews on CU campus in Boulder Colorado.
After approaching these guys to see if they'd be interested, and then starting with an off-line interview to review the subjects' climbing histories, I also wrote their bios.

Rick Accomazzo:

Peter Haan:

The fourth, and actually first in the series, was my own, but no Supertopo thread:
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Nov 14, 2018 - 05:00pm PT
Mike Brooks! We met at CLDan's in boulder, went to Jtree. He swore me to secrecy, not tell anyone his name. I was to call him Sal, or some such,
Great memories of him hiding under his ball cap - Funny stories, I think he called me the short stranger.
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