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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 17, 2018 - 10:38am PT
As his friend, admirer and biographer it is my unfortunate duty to inform the climbing community at large that Tom Frost's health has taken a sharp downturn in the last few weeks and that he is not long around at this point. I visited him in Oakdale last weekend where he is in home hospice to work on the final touches of our book project together.
I have had the privilege of getting to know Tom intimately as we have been working on Tom Frost- A Climbing Life and have also had the pleasure of working with Tom Seawell, Jeff Wiant and Craig Flax on their documentary film about the extraordinary life and times of the estimable Mr. Frost. The North American Climbing History Archives (NACHA) has supported the Flatlander Films crew as fiscal sponsor and I have been the team historian as this wonderful and impactful project has taken shape.
Those of you that have attended the Oakdale Climbers Festival in recent years have had the rare opportunity to meet and get to know Tom and I had hoped to share him with everyone again this year as we reflect on the Golden Age of Big Wall climbing in Yosemite where he was a shining star.
Tom's wife Joyce has been shepherding him along through the final stages of this very consequential life and has asked that we all hold Tom in our thoughts and prayers.

Edit- I just spoke with Joyce and confirmed that Tom passed away peacefully early this morning Friday August 24.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Lassitude 33
Aug 17, 2018 - 10:41am PT
Sorry to hear about this.

Tom Frost was a true gentleman, man of many talents and class act.

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Aug 17, 2018 - 10:43am PT
Always came across as a man with class.

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Aug 17, 2018 - 10:43am PT
Oh, no. Very sorry to hear this. Thank you for sharing the info, though.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 17, 2018 - 10:52am PT
Yeah sorry to hear this, respect and best wishes to family and friends.
karabin museum

Trad climber
phoenix, az
Aug 17, 2018 - 10:57am PT

Many Blessings to the Frost family.

Thanks for the message Steve.


Trad climber
Aug 17, 2018 - 10:57am PT
We will lose another hero.
Dizzy Gillespie's grand niece asked him near the end of his life "Are you dying Uncle Dizzy?"
He answered "Yes but it has been a great gig"
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 17, 2018 - 10:59am PT
Godspeed, Tom.
Tom Frost, OCF 2013.
Tom Frost, OCF 2013.
Credit: mouse from merced
Friends sharing memories.  Frost and Robbins, OHC 2013.
Friends sharing memories. Frost and Robbins, OHC 2013.
Credit: mouse from merced

Social climber
Lida Junction
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:08am PT
sorry to hear this.

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:10am PT
This is sad news indeed. I remember our time together in England attending a British Mountaineering Council meeting in 1985. A true gentleman.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:16am PT
Very sad news. Definitely the epitome of class and integrity.
Don Paul

Social climber
Washington DC
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:19am PT
Got to meet him at the camp 4 parking lot once and it was a big thrill for me. Stay strong.

Jingus Newroutaineer
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:25am PT
God Bless Tom Frost.

I'll never forget the doglegs on West Face of Sentinel that he lead with wooden wedges in 1961 (?) or so. Utterly kicked my ass for the rest of the route.

What Giants on whose shoulders we stand.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:26am PT
Sad news....Tom is truly a Gentle Man. I hope he is in comfort and his family by his side.
The legends.  Joe Fitschen, Tom Frost and Royal Robbins.
The legends. Joe Fitschen, Tom Frost and Royal Robbins.
Credit: ron gomez

Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:27am PT
I've never met Tom, but he became, of course, an icon for me and so many of my contemporaries from my earliest days climbing in the mid-70s.

This is heartbreaking news.

Please convey to him my (our) admiration, respect, and appreciation.

Social climber
great white north
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:28am PT
Fair winds to a wonderful man.

Ice climber
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:38am PT
I'm very sorry to hear this. He used to come in to Neptune's quite a bit when he lived here in town. He was always very kind to everyone, and I always liked him a great deal.
Thanks for the news, Steve........I'll send him lots of positive energy.

Jingus Newroutaineer
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:38am PT
An icon for every generation. Salathe Roof on the FA.
An icon for every generation. Salathe Roof on the FA.
Credit: Frost Archives

Trad climber
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:39am PT
I don't know him but when I was in Yosemite last my partner and I just got off a wall and went to see his "Star Wars" themed slideshow I think in Curry Village??? My own memory fades.

We were still giggling about our successful ascent and decided to sit in the far back corner and try not to be a disturbance. Well the slide projector wasn't working and Tom walked to the back and over to us and struck up a conversation with us. I think we talked for 15 minutes and all he wanted to talk about was our experience on the wall.

The projector got fixed and the sun went down and then he gave such an inspirational slide show.

Thanks Tom.


Nor Cal
Aug 17, 2018 - 11:55am PT
Respect. He is a legend. Wishing the best for him, his family and friends
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