Going Up: Tales Told Along the Road to El Capitan


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Bronx, NY
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 4, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
I recently published my book and managed to set up a website, joefitschen.com. Click the Going Up tag to find out about the book and then click the Buy Going Up tag. For now the book is only available through the website as I dislike Amazon's cannibalization of the publishing industry. Probably pissing in the wind, but sometimes symbolism is all that you can manage. I will also publish blog posts from time to time. The second one, I think, will be about Fitschen's Folly East. (Fitschen's Folly West is covered in the book along with stories of all the other old guys.)

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 02:48pm PT
Right on Joe, I'll check it out. Climbing with you a few years back at the AAC climb in at Royals house is a highlight of my climbing career.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - 03:52pm PT
http://www.joefitschen.com/ (clickable link)

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Oct 4, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
Thx Joe!

Thx Clint for the clickable link too.

Was just reading about an ascent with Royal and Joe in Royal's volume three...


Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 4, 2012 - 05:45pm PT
Ordered and looking forward to the read!

Mountain climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Awesome! Just ordered it. Thanks for not going the Amazon route, btw.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 4, 2012 - 07:24pm PT
Hi Joe,
Glad your book is available now and will go to the site when I'm done here.

By the way, I was a student of yours at Lassen C.C. (76-78) and remember you having us keep a journal of ideas to be developed for your class.
I went on to become an educator and am teaching in Redding, Ca.

You probably don't remember me, but I would like to thank you 35 years later for two things. First, the education in English class at Lassen and second, the info about climbing in that area.

You told me about Pigeon Cliffs and The Robbins Route there. You also told me about a granite formation near the Thompson Peak lookout. You told me you hadn't been there or climbed there yet, but told me it had possibilities. You know it as Toms Thumb. Turns out I have first ascents at both places from back in the day.

Thanks again for the education on both fronts!
Can't wait to read your book,
Tad Hocking

Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Oct 4, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Congratulations Joe. I look forward to its delivery, just in time for cool weather. I really like the cover art.



Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 4, 2012 - 08:20pm PT
Nice going Joe! Now that you're here they can stop calling me the old guy.

Trad climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
Just ordered the book. How very fun to have had a sneak peek last Spring. :D

Can I just say for the record that all you guys calling yourselves "old" or "fossil", etc. easily give me a run for my money, so I'm not buyin' it, okay?!

Looking forward to meeting you at the Oakdale Climbers Festival!
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Oct 4, 2012 - 10:03pm PT
Good stuff, Joe!

I've had to fight Cindy to get my hands on it, but I love the only slightly OT musings in between the memorable climbing stuff. Lots to identify with there. Also liberated some memories that had been tangled up in cobwebs until now. There's a pic of me in.... what kind of rappel rig? How did we survive those years?

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 4, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
I just ordered your book Joe and I'm happy to support independent publishers.

It must have been great to climb the Nose in it's original condition !

Social climber
Salt Lake City
Oct 4, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
Joe - I just ordered. I'm headed to the Valley on 18 Oct. I'll read it there. I'm glad it's out. Thanks for writing.

Social climber
Richmond, va
Oct 6, 2012 - 09:21pm PT
lilabiene is correct...please stop with the whole geezer, fossil talk. You guys still rock!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 10, 2012 - 09:19am PT
Bump for my English teachers new book.
Thanks for the kind e-mail Joe, can't wait to read the new book!
Tad Hocking
Lassen C.C. 76-78

Trad climber
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
Read this book!!!

It's what you hope for in every other book, but only truly find once in a blue moon.

Joe, thank you for writing such a wonderful work of literature!

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
It'd be so cool to have Joe come out with a bunch of his books and attend Ed Cooper's presentation on Saturday night then attend the Oakdale Climbers' Festival the following weekend. He'd probably sell out of his books, but that might not pay for his plane fare.

Any chance Lila Biene could bring a box of books as luggage? The sales would probably pay for the luggage charge. But I guess we can just buy them directly from Joe.

Trad climber
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:59pm PT
I'd be happy to bring along a box of books. Just let me know how I can help!

Social climber
Oct 16, 2012 - 10:25pm PT
hey there say, oldguy...

wow--thank you so very much for sharing all this neat stuff to read!

very nice link, too...

can't get book now, but i will sure keep yours in mind...

due to you all sharing, i learn so much around here, :)
thank you again...
god bless..

Mountain climber
there and back again
Oct 22, 2012 - 10:34pm PT
Joe, looking forward to seeing you again. I am waiting to buy a book directly from you at Oakdale.

Glad to see the book has come to fruition.

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:57am PT

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Nov 2, 2012 - 03:23pm PT
Finally saw this thread. I've been waiting to read your book for sometime.
Bump this thread to the top for other climbers looking for 60's vintage history/philosophy.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:59pm PT
Climbing history literature bump for my English teacher at Lassen CC.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 19, 2012 - 10:34pm PT
I'm having a good time reading this...
...great way to get to know Joe and the times.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Dec 28, 2012 - 11:52am PT
Golden Age Lit. Bump
I Can't put this book down, great read.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Feb 19, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
First of all, I would like to thank Joe for writing this book. Thank you for putting in the time and energy to create such a wonderful volume of history. You brought back memories of Tahquitz, swami belts, and pitons, just like crushing bay leaves in my hand brings back emotions of longing for climbing in Yosemite. It has been years since I read a book I enjoyed as much as Going Up.
For the rest of you, I strongly encourage you to read this book. I recommend this book: if you’re a young climber who wants to understand the roots of the “sport” of big wall climbing or if you’re a climber who enjoys an entertaining and well written climbing history book. And, I might add, this book should be read by those interested in the cultural anthropology of the 1950‘s-60’s and how the sport of rock climbing grew into such a popular activity.
For me, an old climber, the true enjoyment came from being reminded of a time when the cliffs were less crowded and happiness was as simple as Yosemite Lodge on a cold, rainy day.

Mckinleyville, Ca
Feb 19, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
I agree with what Phil said. The book is cool! I like Joe’s ability to decode and present some of the passions and experiences which drive and connect some climbers, some musicians, and some seekers who have been connected to a golden age. One gets the opportunity to reexamine their identity via the social fringe peer group, the attraction to certain realms of intellect and ideals, and the pursuit of challenge and glory through climbing.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 19, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
I bought a copy from you at the Oakdale fest, Joe. What a great read! I really enjoyed your little digressions into popular culture of the time. What a time to grow up and Go Up.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 1, 2013 - 02:23am PT
Pardon me.
My bad.
--Bump D. Bumpup.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 10, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Literary Bump...

Nov 5, 2013 - 09:47am PT
Great read. It brings back the times.
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