Six Months Until Yosemite Facelift 2013!


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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Aug 7, 2013 - 02:12am PT
Bumping this so others can see the schedule posted above. I think it is firm.

Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Aug 9, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
I kept the music short on Saturday so that energetic folks can attend the Yellow Pines gathering or go to the Oktoberfest in El Portal.

I have added one more presentation on Wednesday the 25th. Chris McNamara will be mixed in somewhere. I will post more details later.

Anyone have any fundraising ideas? Been a little harder this year.

Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Aug 9, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Gonna try to make it, but it's a long commute.

Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Anyone have any fundraising ideas? Been a little harder this year.

Since there are generally some heavy-weights there, how about a Celebrity Beta Session and Beverage? It would obviously have to be someone who is there for certain days. Just an idea - there are a lot of people who would love some face time with some of our attendees, It would be dependent on some offers by said attendees, of course. Beta for obscure routes, stories, etc. Just going off the cuff, here...

I am having a hard time letting go of "The Gold Stannard" idea, it would have to be an award for Efforts In Trash Pick-up. The Big Guys do it all the time with "miles matching" friend sponsorship - the per-mile/per-pound is not that much of a stretch...


Aug 10, 2013 - 12:05am PT
My advice. Let go of it.

Too much variability and it is a form of competition. Trashing is like climbing. It is just fun. Nothing else.

Wednesday in just four hours I got about 700 pounds. Did not even work that hard.

Die of old age before I could get 700 pounds of cigarette butts.

Currently have my eye on eight sofas and eight mattresses. Unbelievably rich territory here.

Gold everywhere you look.

For now anyway.

Won't last long.

Topic Author's Reply - Aug 10, 2013 - 12:41am PT
Yeah, you are right John - a bit pun-conceived, it is not about competition - maybe get some creative juices flowing to help the cause with the randoms.

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Aug 10, 2013 - 12:43am PT
Trashing and being. Be the trash. Think like the trash. It will be yours.

jstan is our guru.

He also could be a boulder lifting guru. I've seen the man in action. Impressive.


Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Aug 10, 2013 - 12:46am PT
Great line-up Ken! Looking forward and thanks for all the effort! Inspires me to get out there with the orangutong and get to work. Somehow, those evening programs are all the more enjoyable after a day of that.

I love goodies, but don't need them to give to the YCA. Just a reminder that some help is needed on a regular basis. Others, though, may need more incentive.

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 14, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
Only 40 days to go, a bit less for some of us. But Ken, Sharon and a host of helpers have surely been hard at work, planning and preparing. I'll try to summarize arrangements for the FaceLift, based on the foregoing, other threads, and past experience, and update/correct as needed. Possibly useful information. Ken and others can undoubtedly add to this.

Yosemite FaceLift 2013 (Tenth Anniversary!)

 September 24th - 29th, 2013
 Yosemite National Park aka Biggus Ditchus
 Yosemite Climbing Association, with tons of help from National Park Service, a horde of volunteers, and lots of sponsors.


Fun for all, and a good cause!


There is camping available to volunteers - see the YCA website, or contact, providing full details. If you haven’t already requested a site, do so now – maybe there are some still available. There are FaceLift campsites in Yellow Pines (group camping), Upper Pines, Camp 4, and Porcupine Flat. All are by advance booking.

If your plans change before or during the FaceLift, send a note to - maybe the space can be reallocated to someone else.

When you arrive, see the rangers/hosts/liaisons regarding tent and car tags, orientation, food storage, information, etc:

Yeller Pines: Maureen Maguire and Harrison Hood.

Upper Pines: Skip and Erik Wolfe, site 55.

Camp 4: Ranger at booth, or FaceLift volunteer (site 36) after 4:30 PM.

Porcupine Flat: Ranger at booth.

(Please try to drive as little as possible while at the FaceLift, and carpool when you can. A bicycle is very handy, as are the shuttle busses, and walking.)

All the usual laws and regulations apply during the FaceLift, so please behave!

Needed Paraphernalia

 Camping equipment.
 Stuff for cooking and eating while camping.
 Clothes and toiletries (shower passes will likely be available).
 Clothing and footwear for vigorous outdoor work, including sturdy shoes, gloves, sunwear, sun screen, daypack, water bottle, etc.
 Stuff for the potluck/meatfest on the 28th (see below).

Evening Events Schedule

Tuesday (24th): Reel Rock 2013.

Wednesday (25th): Assault on El Cap, Mark Hudon.

Thursday (26th): Jason Torlano, Pamela Shanti Pack, Doug Robinson.

Friday (27th): Bud Keene, Mayan Smith-Gobat, Tommy Caldwell.

Saturday (28th): Outdoor live music at the elementary school (west of the Visitor Centre), with music by Graham Smith-White, followed by Little Brother. 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

Sunday (29th): Dinner followed by a raffle and dancing to Little Brother.

All evening events except on Saturday are at the East Auditorium, behind the Visitor Centre. Doors open at 6:30, except on Saturday and Sunday nights, which start at 6:00. Events free to FaceLifters, although donations welcome. Beer and wine available, but must be purchased - details TBA.

Volunteer Projects

A main FaceLift activity is picking up garbage (aka litter, trash, skatt) wherever it can be found in the park. Simply come to the Visitor Centre in the morning, and you can sign in and get litter sticks, bags, gloves, freebies, information about all sorts of stuff, directions, and work mates.

There may be special projects - removing major (post-development) garbage deposits, trail work, habitat restoration. Details TBA.

Whatever you do, please sign in every morning, and be back by 4:00 PM for weigh-in and draw prizes (3:00 PM on Sunday). And be careful while you're out there!


The YCA can use donations, to help it pay for everything that's needed to make the FaceLift happen. See Donors living in the US get a tax receipt, too!

Draw Prizes


Potluck/FoodFest (Saturday - 28th)

This will be at Yellow Pines, starting at 5:00 and going until it's time to go to bed. Food, drink, music, bongo-drumming, fire, friends, fun. Some people should come back to YP in the afternoon, to pick up the BBQ (hitch needed), fill it, and get it started, plus get things organized.

See also

If you arrive for the potluck by 6:00 PM or so, you not only get to try all sorts of wonderful food, it's still light for meeting everyone.

Please bring:

 Whatever you'd like to BBQ, eat, and drink.
 Plate and utensils!
 Stuff for others to eat, if feasible.
 Musical instrument and ability.
 Headlight or lantern.
 A donation to the YCA - all will be asked to chip in.

If people are interested, we could have a bit of a swap meet. Climbing-related gear and books, price and name of donor marked thereon, all proceeds to YCA, unsold stuff back to donors.

Other special events may include:

 Creative uses of the orange-u-tong (jstan).
 Egg-throwing contest (khanom).
 Yodelling (various).
 Diet challenge (already won by plaidman).
 Slacklining (MH in secret training).
 Wheel barrow race (plaidman to bring, and demonstrate on slackline).
 Poetry reading and literature soiree (Camp 4 - MH and Sullly).

Trad climber
Aug 14, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
Is there an auction in the schedule? Maybe I missed it.

A main FaceLift activity is picking up garbage
Hey, be nice.
Fish Finder

Social climber
Aug 14, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
"Anyone have any fundraising ideas? Been a little harder this year. "

If the brewery donates a bike again
raffle it at $20 a ticket.

For that matter all week at the sign in have a silent auction for the "key" sponsor donations like the Lodge and Ahwahnee restaurants , shoe gift cert. etc etc.

raise the price of the all you can drink cup to $35

Take donations of $5 for the klean kanteens .

Take donations for the rap party dinner and concert.

The Wolf

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Aug 16, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
Just wanted to clarify that Assault on El Cap is our film on Ammon and Kait's 2nd ascent of Wings of Steel

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Aug 17, 2013 - 01:05am PT
Thanks Mighty Hiker for the designation as the already winner of the diet challenge contest. I will have to post pics of the before and after. Oh well you all will see soon enough.

I will have the wheel barrow and you need to provide the slack line.
I have been practicing. So look out.


Oh well here is one pic

Credit: Plaidman

Bleau, cham, pink granite coast
Aug 21, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
Kenny, Anders,

Talk to me. I m thinking of a young climber prize.
Let s see what could be done.


Rising the price of the cup is fine but make sure we have
Enough beer. Last night of facelift 2011 the bb guys had to roam northern
California for cans as we ran out of kegs.
Perhaps it was my fault: i had elcappirate
Taste the beer before the event. Doh!

Mountain climber
Sep 3, 2013 - 06:44pm PT
Fund raising idea:

T-shirts...who doesn't love an event T-shirt, huh? 10 year anniversary shirts should cost a little more.

Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Sep 3, 2013 - 07:28pm PT
Some people have raised concerns that the Facelift will be cancelled due to the fire. This is not true. They are getting the fire under control and it should have little or no impact on the Facelift other than less trash to pick up along Highway 120. Hope to see you there.

Credit: Chicken Skinner
Credit: Chicken Skinner
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Sep 3, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
Great News! Ken, thanks for all the information. Looking forward to seeing all my friends and meeting new ones. Cheers! Lynne

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 3, 2013 - 07:33pm PT
I will miss the FL this year, sadly.....

Lift a pint or two for me....


Mountain climber
Sep 4, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
^ we're going to lift a keg for you.....
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 4, 2013 - 12:49pm PT
A leg for you...
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