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Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 14, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
Last night at Caltech was the 80th anniversary party for the RCS/SCMA. It was a good turnout.

The highlight for me was seeing Jerry Gallwas, Royal Robbins and Mike Sherrick front and center answering questions and bantering with other old timers like Frank Hoover, John Wedburg and Barbara Lilley. Unfortunately, Glen Dawson wasn't feeling up to it.

I saw Robbins present a slide show at a Sierra Club banquet just a couple of years ago, and was shocked to see his condition last night. He's not walking very well, and while he still has his wit and memory he does not seem well. He was the main attraction and spoke of his time with the RCS and some of his early ascents at Tahquitz and Yosemite.

Jerry Galwas joined him at the dais and prompted some stories from him during the question and answer session. There's a lot of respect, and fondness, between those two. Galwas spoke of how some of the RCS old timers considered Royal dangerous. Yet he said the opposite was true, and that when Royal started up a pitch you knew it would go.

It was good to see that the kids at the Caltech Alpine Club not only know who these guys are, but know and admire what they have done.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:39pm PT
Wow! Makes me wish I still lived in Pasadena. Thanks for the info, Gary.


Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
With all the technology at Caltech I'm wondering if the event got recorded.

Keith Leaman

Trad climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:11pm PT
What a memorable night that must have been, Gary. I kinda miss Pasadena sometimes. Wow, just eighty years ago one may have seen this guy hanging out at Caltech's Athenaeum.
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Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:16pm PT
Sorry I wasn't able to attend. Looks like it was a great evening.


Social climber
State of decay
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:34pm PT
Jerry Galwas, Royal Robbins and Mike Sherrick
Jerry Galwas, Royal Robbins and Mike Sherrick
Credit: Dan Richter
Photo Dan Richter.
Very cool to see these guys last night. Although I bristle at the phrase" old time" RCSer's.Perhaps I refuse to recognize my my own years. However, Robbins and his "crew" were the mentors, those who absolutely paved the road for those climbers of my generation. If we have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
Hey, Tony, that'll be you up there representing the creaky old timers someday! Like, maybe next year? :-)

MJ and I got a kick out of Frank Hoover, he's quite a card. Confined to a wheelchair now, he's still sharp. Here's a photo from the Angeles Chapter website of other times with Frank Hoover and Don Wilson on Toe Jam, 60-something years ago.
James Wilcox

Boulder climber
The Coast
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
The number of people who hang on the Topo with roots to Pasadena is pretty amazing. I grew up next to Eaton Canyon. Great fun
middle joe

Trad climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:53pm PT
I'm glad I made the "rush hour" drive from Orange county. RR and crew were quite entertaining. I bought one of his books and got a couple pages in before I hit the sack.

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
Galwas Crack at Mission Gorge was my first ever lead. Thanks for that one Jerry!

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:19pm PT
I really enjoyed the evening. Oh, and Gary, that Tony guy is a young buck compared to some of us :-)

zbrown, the event was recorded by the Caltech Alpine Club.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 03:49pm PT
I really enjoyed the evening. Oh, and Gary, that Tony guy is a young buck compared to some of us :-)

Hey, leave me out of this.
Janet Wilts

Trad climber
Grand Teton National Park
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:13pm PT
Wish I could have been there.....would have been nice to see everyone....

Janet Wilts
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:55pm PT

That's GALL was. Dipsh#t.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
Thanks for the spelling correction, Sunshine.

Mountain climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:22pm PT
It was a pleasure for us at the Caltech Alpine Club to host this event. We do a lot of slideshows through the year, as well as the Reel Rock and Banff film festivals, and occasional gear-swaps,"boot-parties" etc Earlier this year we hosted Kyle Dempster, SP Parker, Jed Brown, Mike Libecki, Doug Shepherd, Dylan Johnson, to name a few.

Almost all our events are free of cost, and have free beer and snacks too. You can check our website for more details on what is coming up next!

The SCMA anniversary event was recorded, the cameraman Steve Grossman actually flew out to LA for this purpose. We will try to upload it on our website.

Mountain climber
Pasadena, CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:38pm PT
It was definitely a thrill for all of us at the club to get to witness this! We're really happy the SCMA let us join their party. It was great for me, someone who's only gotten interested in climbing in the last few years, to see how it's brought joy and friendship to people for decades.
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