Oakdale Festival Oct 2018 Yosemite Big Wall Climbing 50s-60s


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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 25, 2017 - 03:12pm PT
The North American Climbing History Archives (NACHA)and I are pleased to announce the fourth Oakdale Climbers Festival to be held October 12-14, 2018 at the Gene Bianchi Center located at 110 South 2nd Avenue Oakdale, CA 95361. The theme for 2018 is: Reflections on the Golden Age of Big Wall Climbing in Yosemite. We will be doing our best to touch on every Grade V and VI climb established in Yosemite Valley during the 1950s and 60s.

On Friday evening from 5pm to 9pm we will be reflecting on the lives and legacy of Royal Robbins and Tom Frost, guiding spirits of the Golden Age in Yosemite. After a few dedicated speakers we will be opening up the mike for thoughts and thanks from those in attendance. There will be no charge to come to the Friday evening program but we will be charging $25 admission for the rest of the weekend. The tentative speakers roster includes Jim McCarthy, Glen Denny, Joe Fitschen, Doug Robinson, Chris Jones, Ken Yager, Ron Kauk, Corey Rich, Tommy Caldwell and Dick Duane with more to come.

On Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm speakers will discuss their experiences climbing during the Golden Age with image support as we have been doing in Oakdale since 2012.

This sort of comprehensive historical examination of the Golden Age of Big Wall climbing in Yosemite has never been done and the time is right.

So far George Whitmore, Bob Swift, Joe Fitschen, Glen Denny, Ed Cooper, Mike Sherrick, Don Lauria, Eric Beck, Dick Long, Chris Jones, Doug Robinson, Russ McLean and Ken Boche are on board. Come and meet these guys and hear their stories.

Tickets are available for the weekend for $25 plus service charge through Eventbrite. Eventbrite is up and working again. Do a search for Oakdale Climbers Festival once on their site. Go to the active listing with the Royal and Tom flier image still being displayed. The other listing isn't selling tickets at this time. Or use the link below.
Tickets are available for the weekend for $35 at the door day of show.Please bring cash if possible to speed up admission.

Don't miss this once in a lifetime program. I couldn't be more stoked!

From Sentinel...

Ken Wilson photo

To the Nose...

Wayne Merry photo

Tom Frost photo

To the Dihedral Wall...

Hennek/Lauria photo

Tom Frost photo

To the NA Wall...

Chuck Pratt photo Frost collection

We will try and touch them all!

I am asking the speakers to appear in the following order to open up the Robbins-Frost memorial on October 12, 5-9 PM.

Jim McCarthy
Joe Fitschen
Yvon Chouinard
Glen Denny
Tamara Robbins
Chris Jones
Doug Robinson
Ken Yager
Dick Duane
Ron Kauk
Tommy Caldwell
Corey Rich

Updated Oakdale Climbers Festival 2018 Program Schedule

Saturday October 13 Doors open 9 AM

10:30- 11:00 AM Steve Grossman Introductory Remarks
11:00- 11:30 AM Bob Swift
11:30- 12:00 PM Doug Robinson
12:00- 12:30 PM Mike Sherrick
12:30- 1:30 PM George Whitmore
1:30- 3:00 PM Lunch Break
3:00- 4:00 PM Glen Denny
4:00- 5:00 PM Joe Fitschen
5:00- 6:00 PM Ed Cooper

Sunday October 14 Doors open 9 AM

10:00 Ė 11:00 AM Dick Long
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Steve Roper Interview
12:00- 12:30 PM Eric Beck
12:30- 1:30 PM Don Lauria
1:30- 3:00 Lunch Break
3:00- 4:00 PM Ken Boche
4:00- 5:00 Russ McLean
5:00- 6:00 PM Chris Jones
6:00- 6:30 PM Steve Grossman Closing Remarks

See you there everyone!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 25, 2017 - 03:25pm PT
Glad to hear this, Steve!
Merry Christmas to you & Mimi.
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Dec 25, 2017 - 05:45pm PT
Iím so glad itís back!!!!!

See you there

Susan and Michael
Mark Force

Trad climber
Ashland, Oregon
Dec 25, 2017 - 05:54pm PT
Cool! Good job, Steve! Did you get the Granite Mountain guide?

Social climber
Salt Lake City
Dec 25, 2017 - 07:53pm PT
I'll try to make it, Steve.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 25, 2017 - 09:19pm PT
Mark- I did get the Lovejoy guide. Thanks so much for that.

DMT- Come and stay a while man. Where else you gotta be so damn bad?!?

Social climber
Dec 25, 2017 - 09:29pm PT
hey there say, wow, neat... :)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 25, 2017 - 11:48pm PT
A Merry Christmas to you neebee.
life is a bivouac

Trad climber
Dec 26, 2017 - 09:58am PT
Merry Christmas to you Steve! Thanks so very much for getting this happening again!
Good on ya!
ron gomez

Trad climber
Dec 26, 2017 - 10:34am PT
Will put it on the calander! Will be good to see familiar faces and good friends!

Social climber
Dec 26, 2017 - 02:47pm PT
hey there say, steve... thank you so much!

can't wait to see some nice shares, here, after the event, :)


ooops, as christmas is over now--

though, i can still send a happy most wonderful
new year wish, to you and your family!


happy new year, of good new things...

Mountain climber
Redmond, Oregon
Dec 27, 2017 - 08:23am PT
Back to Top!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 8, 2018 - 10:41am PT
Re-back to Top bump...er...whatever.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 8, 2018 - 06:43pm PT
On my calendar too. Can't wait!

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Jan 9, 2018 - 09:25am PT
May just have to attend this one!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 9, 2018 - 11:47pm PT
bump this to the top
and trying to keep my calendar free

Trad climber
Leavenworth & Greenwater WA
Jan 10, 2018 - 08:50pm PT
Steve, I will be there! Jim
karabin museum

Trad climber
phoenix, az
Jan 10, 2018 - 09:11pm PT

Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 10, 2018 - 11:12pm PT
Dang. I'm putting this on my calendar. You lucky bastards might get to meet the rat in person.

Jan 11, 2018 - 08:46am PT
Good news! Looking forward to it.

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