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T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 29, 2012 - 07:05pm PT
Bump for my English teacher at Lassen C.C. (Susanville, Ca.) 76-78

He turned me on to the Robbins Route at Pigeon Cliffs, I think I nabbed the 2nd ascent in 77, and 2 FA's there also.

Also told me about a granite formation just south of Thompson Peak that he spied from the road near Janesville. Nabbed many FA's at a place now known as Toms Thumb.

Thanks for the education Joe!
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Sep 29, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
Yes Joe is one of the real ones, the authentic article
and had that great blessing of being a central figure
in the golden age. His piece in that second Ascent
remains one of the best pieces of writing anywhere.
Naturally we have waited for the book and know it will
be another masterpiece.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 29, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
I'm glad this got bumped up to the front. I enjoyed my summers working with Joe guiding for Exum in the Tetons. It was the early to mid 70's , a special place and a special time.
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Sep 29, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Joe is a classy guy. I first met him about the time he made the first descent of Fitschen's Folly at Tahquitz, and his survival of that dive was a real boon to the climbing community, and to everyone he ever influenced. Never saw quite enough of him, but plenty enough to respect greatly.
Great to hear you're closing in on that book, Joe! Can't wait.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 29, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Here is a Joe story some of you might enjoy.

I used to golf frequently here in Redding with a guy that was the basketball coach at Lassen C.C. at the same time Joe was teaching there.
He told me a story about a time they had a faculty party at this house
that had a large 2 story tall rock fireplace. After a few rounds of adult beverages coach looks up and sees Joe doin bouldering laps on the fireplace to the amazement and cheers of the party goers.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Sep 29, 2012 - 11:08pm PT
Any idea when Joe's book is going to be published?

climber a single wide......
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2012 - 02:12pm PT
Joe Fitschen's book is now a reality! He wrote,

"One more little piece of news. I have finished and published my book, Going Up. Pat Oliver (Ament) wondered at one point if I was going for perfection. He should know that perfection is the enemy of the good. The book's good, could be better given another ten years to work on it. Anyway, for now it is only available through my website: I would appreciate it if all of you would spread the word. Better yet, buy the book and read it. "
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 3, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
Bump for Joe and Going Up!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Joe was at the Oakdale Festival this October, by the way. I hadnít seen him since 1970 when he and then wife Linea came up to join Royal and Liz for a group trip to the Sea of Cortez and I remained babysitting the house and I think RRís new kitty, Bojangles, or maybe Bojangles came a few months later. Itís all a blur of course. Itís true too, he had the most amazing blue eyes; eyes reminiscent of Kim Schmitzís. Both these guys were really arrestingly beautiful, if you ask just about anyone. And both are still with us!

The Alpine Journal has asked I review Joeís book so I am reading it and putting together some notes for that. Joe certainly was a really unique member of the Golden Age and very much admired by all. And his role in that era seems perfectly integral to it even if he might not have experienced it that way at the time. Really gentle book and quiet writing, incredibly detailed, anecdotal to its core. Hard to imagine Joe living in New York City for so many years since, isnít it. Not sure if that phase will be explained or not as I havenít finished the volume.

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 19, 2013 - 12:21am PT

A bump for "Going Up". It's a really interesting book for me. More later.

Trad climber
Ketchum, Idaho
Nov 19, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Joe's book is very, very good, both as literature and climbing and cultural history. Buy it. Read it. Pass the word
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 19, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Joe's book is very, very good, both as literature and climbing and cultural history. Buy it. Read it. Pass the word

Word passed Yeti,
Great Read!

Joe mentioned he played Trumpet (jazz) pretty well bitd,
wonder if he still has the chops?

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